So who is actually representing you in parliament?
Organisation: TV 2 Denmark (Tv2.dk) (Denmark)
Publication Date: 04/14/2016
Size of team/newsroom:small
DescriptionThe project was released at the first workday for the newly elected parliament. We wanted our readers to get to know the new parliament. We decided that letting the users sort the MPs according to gender, age, education, ethnicity and party was a fun way to do this. The backbone of the visualization is a big set of sociodemographic data for all 179 elected politicians in Denmark. Often sociodemographics tends to be dry, but by angling the story on the user’s own sociodemographics (Who is representing you?) and by creating a simple navigation and playful animation, we managed to produce an entertaining yet informing data project.
What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?The data came from the parliament’s own website and an open sourced list of PMs from last election. The open sourced list was updated with new information acquired from the parliament’s website. We added information about education, age and ethnicity “by hand” when it wasn’t readily available. Usually from their own websites or social media presences, but some of the info was collected the old fashioned way, by calling the politicians by phone. We also enriched the data set with social media profiles so interested users could follow the individual politicians if they wanted. The data was delivered by TV 2-affiliate, Troels Runge Strægaard. In order to keep the interface as uncluttered as possible we decided against letting the users filter based on geography and social accounts. But we displayed the data on the info windows of each politician. The data collection was done by one journalist with a little bit of help from an assistant. We did a quick wireframe of the interface to create the interaction so the designer could do a more thorough job on the info windows. This allowed us to get produce a working prototype fast so we could test it, even as the data was still being added and cleaned. The project was done in a few days. The project was very well visited when we published it at the opening of the Parliament. It was clear that it was a cool little thing for people to play with during the sometimes rather lengthy opening debates. One of the competing television station’s political pundits even recommend it on social media.
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