Pop Viz: US Top Baby Names Since 1910 and #JAWS2013

October 26, 2013

I’m here in beautiful Essex, Vermont hanging out with some awesome women at the 2013 Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) Camp. I did a panel today, sharing the spotlight with Kathy Kiely from the Sunlight Foundation. They do some really awesome work making political data more accessible. I was especially tickled with the premise of their project politicalpartytime.org, which crowdsources and maps out political fundraising events.

I’m excited for tomorrow, when I will hold an hour-long Tableau Public training here at JAWS Camp. Learning how to use a new piece of software is already hard enough, so I like to use datasets that are more on the fun side, to make things a little more interesting. I also like to avoid datasets that are too specialized (e.g. economic datasets) because I don’t want to have to spend too much time explaining what all the data is. For this training, I was inspired by this cool map that Jezebel published about the top girl’s names by state since 1910. The gif action is cool, but I really wished I could’ve paused it and explored things for a second. The whole dataset from the SSA actually contains way more than just the top name in each state; it has every name with more than 5 occurrences in a state. That dataset ends up being over 5.5 million rows; too big for Tableau Public (but it is fun stuff to play with), so I filtered the data down to just the top names for boys and girls. I whipped up a little dashboard on the flight over yesterday that is pretty fun to play with:

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Also: If you are interested in how I built this viz, you can take a look at the tutorial I built for JAWS attendees.

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