Mapping the crisis: localizing the bankruptcy, unemployment and housing prices

Mapping the crisis: localizing the bankruptcy, unemployment and housing prices

Organisation: de Volkskrant (Netherlands)

Publication Date: 06/03/2014

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The global financial crisis did not pass the Netherlands unnoticed. The unemployment keeps rising at a fairly fast pace, bankruptcies are at record highs, and every month the housing prices go down. Although The Netherlands are a relatively small country, there are nonetheless significant differences between states, cities, regions and even postal codes. De Volkskrant tried to find out exactly what these differences are, but even more, give our readers the possibility to experience just exactly the crisis is hitting THEIR neighborhood, and THEIR postal code.

Technologies used for this project:

Our datajournalist used the Ruby programming language to scrape websites, excel in combination with an excel plugin (to find and edit data with so-called regular expressions) to refine the data and spss to analyze the data. The maps were put online via google fusion tables. ARCGIS was used to make a visualization of the development of housing prices on postcode level. The app was made for html.

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