Experimenting with using data in online reporting

March 28, 2009

Assignment in online reporting class: Find a data set and experiment with displaying it online using Many Eyes.

I brainstormed briefly and decided to look for numbers on the U.S. prison population. They are readily available through the Department of Justice

The key part is to figure out the best way to display the data. Below is my first attempt.

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Then I realized it would be much more interesting to compare prison population to each state’s total population as a way to look for outliers. Texas and California have the largest prison populations, but they are also the two most populous states. Below is how I represented that data.

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