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Round 3 of ttdatavis now open for submissions!

We're pleased to announce that Round 3 of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is now open for submissions. Submit your data visualisation and communication strategy now!

This third and final round of the 2014-15 competition is focused on finding data visualisations that have been most successfully used as part of a wider communication strategy.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… map data using Google FusionTables

In this how to, we use data that we already collected from Import.io and import it into Google FusionTables in order to create a map of that information. We use an example of mapping hospitals in the UK based on what percentage of staff who work at each hospital actually would recommend getting treated there.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… merge and tidy datasets with Microsoft Excel

In this how to we use Microsoft Excel to merge two different datasets. We mainly focus on the VLOOKUP function, but also remove duplicates.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… import live data with GoogleDrive Spreadsheets

In this how to, we will look at how to use Google Drive Spreadsheets to import live data from the web. I should note that this function is available in newer versions of Excel as well, though it operates slightly differently.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to capture and structure data from websites using Import.io

As part of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition (TTDATAVIS), we have been producing a series of how to posts and videos spanning data capture, data cleaning and data visualisation. We'll be cross-posting the videos on our main blog, but the full posts with instructions are available on the TTDATAVIS website.

In this how to, we explore one aspect of Import.io, which is a massively powerful free piece of software that can help to scrape information from websites.

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Round 2 submission deadline extended

We've already got some great entries to share, but we know there are a lot more examples out there! We also know it's a busy time of year. As such, we've decided to extend the submission deadline by one week.

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Announcing the winners of the TTDATAVIS Competition – Round 1

In the first round of the 2014-15 On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition, we limited entries only to static visualisations. Static visualisations could be anything from a simple bar chart to a multi-part infographic that combines a number of data points to tell a cohesive story. Our diverse panel of judges have reviewed the top six data visualisations as determined by the public vote. Without further ado, the winner of Round 1 and of the US$1500 prize is...

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Round 1 of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition 2014 is now Open!

The wait is over! The On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is back in a newer -- and better -- incarnation for the 2014-15 season. The competition is now open to think tanks all over the world. The new and improved competition site has more information, more resources and will provide greater opportunities to learn about data visualisation.

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And the winner is… A look at the Prospect Think Tank Awards 2014

Last Wednesday evening was the Oscars of the UK think tank world -- the Prospect Think Tank of the Year Award. Here's some quick analysis of the event and the winners.

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The on think tanks interview: Michal Tošovský who mapped Czech Criminality

After the end of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation competition, we were able to catch up with the winner of the Third Round as well as the final overall winner of the competition, Michal Tošovský. Michal led the team at Otevrena spolecnost, o.p.s. -- a Czech think tank focusing on police and public security -- that is behind Mapping Czech Crime, a visualisation that we think does what it says on the tin and does it well!

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