In May 2020, a recording of George Floyd's death sparked a week-long protest in Minneapolis, escalating into a summer of historic protests across the whole country. Polygraph partnered with Google and The Washington Post to produce a project visualizing these protests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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