Google News Initiative

Common

Knowledge


The goal of the Common Knowledge Project is to make it easier to explore, visualize, and share data about important issues in your local community. We built this first beta version with local journalists in mind, to help them make sense of public data and include it in their reporting.


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USA Today

Nationscape

Insights


The Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project have been surveying voters on their positions on important policies since summer 2019. We created a dashboard to surface insights as the results continue to be updated.


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IBM Watson

30 Years

of American

Anxieties


In partnership with IBM Watson, we looked at over 20,000 “Dear Abby” advice column letters to find what Americans worried about over the last 30 years. The project utilized IBM Watson APIs to measure sentiment.


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Google News Lab

The Year

in Language


We identified 2018’s rising words by ranking Search interest growth for definitions of words (e.g., searches for “woke definition,” “define woke”). The project was the subject of an NBC video series.


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Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Votes for

Women: A

Portrait of

Persistence


In partnership with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, we analyzed political party platforms to find how often women’s issues appear in the text. We produced a data-driven video that you can see live at the gallery in Washington DC until January 2020.


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Google Trends

World Cup

2018: How

the World

is Searching


We created a live-updating data hub for all things World Cup and Google search data. The site includes data for over 20 countries and translated in 5 languages. The project was covered in several media outlets around the world as an input for local World Cup coverage.


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Elemental Excelerator x Emerson Collective

Transcending

Oil


In tandem with Rhodium Group, a research firm, to bring to life a report on how Hawaiʻi can achieve 100% renewable energy, communicating the study’s main findings to a general audience.


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OpenNews

News Nerd

Survey


We visualized survey results from 800 people at the intersection of journalism and technology to understand who they are, how they learn and support one another, and where they go next.


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Viacom

Fan Theory


This three-part essay was executed using partner data from IMDb, including a neurological, fMRI study of South Park. It will also featured as a panel at SXSW 2018.


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Kickstarter

Creative

Communities,

by City


Anecdotally, aspiring musicians flock to Nashville. Portland has a vibrant food truck scene. Theater is rooted in New York City. Yet what about other cities? What is the creative fabric of Cleveland? Where do comic book writers cluster?

We worked directly with Kickstarter (and used a data dump of thousands of projects) to get answers.


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Youtube

Clinton and

Trump: Who

Voters Are

Watching


Before the 2016 US Presidential Election, we examined behavior of YouTube viewers. The project received press from the Washington Post and Daily Mail.


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The Atlantic

The Platinum

Patients


After reaching out for visualization support, this collaboration with The Atlantic investigated health care: each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined. This critical five percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation's health care spending crisis. linkText: Visit the project


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Google News Lab

Restaurants


Using a first-of-its-kind dataset, we visualized restaurant data from the Google Maps team. What is the pizza capital of the US? Check out the project, or see the write-up on Food+Wine and Thrillist.


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American Society Of News Editors + Google

How Diverse

Are US

Newsrooms?


Using exclusive data from the American Society of News Editors, we visualized 15 years of gender/diversity data from hundreds of newsrooms.


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