Map Your Moves: Data Visualization Challenge

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 06:00 AM

→This project is now closed, but you can see the submissions we received here!

As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves - where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Now, it's time for you to make that information beautiful. 

If you're a graphic designer, mapper, statistician or any other kind of data visualization guru, we're offering the raw data for free download to play with. (What is data viz? Some infoYou have until Sunday, August 22nd to work with the data and present it in whatever neat way you see fit. Be it a map, a chart, an image, it's up to you! Anything visual goes.

Download the data (for import, .xls, .csv, .xml, or .txt) here!

When you're done, email with your file attached or a link to where you've posted it online.

The favorite entry (as determined by WNYC producers and the BL Show audience) will be posted on our site, appear on air, and possibly more.

For more information and some basic guidelines check after the break. Thanks for participating, spread the word, and happy visualizing!

+ The columns in the downloadable data correspond to these response categories. (Once you download the data, you may notice that the "other_3" responses are missing. This is due to a glitch in our system, and we haven't been able to recover those responses. Sorry!)

+ You can see a sample response here. Comparing to the data for this entry, we see that this person moved to 11238 (current_zipcode) in 2009 (year_1) from 10027 (previous_zip_1) for Bedbugs (reason_1). They moved to 10027 (previous_zip_1) in 2006 (year_2) from 11237 (previous_zip_2) for Other (boyfriend). They moved to 11236 (previous_zip_2) in 2002 from 14850 (previous_zip_3) for Work or School....etc...

+ Feel free to only map a particular trend or slice of the results. Tell what you think is the most compelling story inside the data, whether it comes from a big or small part of the data.

+ We asked people to list their moves over the last 10 years. Some responded with moves before that. You are encouraged to stick to the last decade, but if you chose to include more entries, simply indicate your data set in your final product.

+ Some entries are incomplete or improperly reported. You can drop these results from your data set as you see fit.

+ You'll notice in some of the files posted for download that the leading zero in the zip codes have been dropped (eg 06459 imports as 6459). The .xls file should include the leading zeros. The raw download file should be available to import into excel in whatever manner you'd like.

And, one last note. If you have any questions, you can email BUT, we are radio folks, not design folks. Feel free to post your questions, tips, findings, and inspirations in the comments section below to help each other out directly!

Now for some legalese: By participating in the data visualization challenge, you unconditionally grant WNYC a universal license and right to distribute, display, modify and reproduce your submission in perpetuity.WNYC will provide appropriate creative recognition to all participants in the data visualization challenge.

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Comments [11]


No clue how to look at Andrea and Michael's graphics now. Brian's stating just click on his show, but none of the links offered for this segment get me to your interviewee's work. :(

Sep. 07 2010 11:54 AM
Levi Wallach from Reston, VA

This is such a great project, but I unfortunately missed the deadline for submitting my data. Any chance you could open this up for us latecomers and provide monthly data updates to the various designers (I love many of their takes on visualizing the data!) ?

Sep. 07 2010 08:18 AM
Moritz Stefaner

Thanks for collecting this really interesting data set. My visualization attempt is up at

Aug. 22 2010 09:00 AM
joanne from orange cty

perhaps they should have had the artists design the questionnaire...really poor work there!

Aug. 18 2010 12:14 PM
keith from Buffalo, NY

This excel doc scares the heck out of me

Aug. 05 2010 02:02 PM
Smith from Brooklyn, NY

For anyone who would like to quickly view the data in a browser window I have posted a link:

I have stripped out as many of the botched fields as I can, probably 50 or so had been shifted on the spread sheet. Enjoy!

Jul. 30 2010 08:27 AM
Michael from Brooklyn

ha, throw in the towels folks, Nicholas Felton is on the case...

Jul. 28 2010 10:14 AM
Feltron from NYC

The last line of the description of the sample response has an error:

"They moved to 11236 (previous_zip_2) in 2002 from 14850 (previous_zip_3) for Work or School....etc..."

It should be 11237 rather than 11236.

Jul. 23 2010 02:37 PM
credit/pay only

ryan far too polite.

Jul. 22 2010 04:40 PM
BL Producer

Ryan from East Village: You are absolutely right. No need for that word. We've removed it from the legal language. We want to be able to post and do other fun things with the submissions, but not at the expense of the creators doing the same. Thanks for the heads up!
-BL Show-

Jul. 22 2010 03:46 PM
Ryan from East Village

Sounds like fun, but... universal and exclusive right to display? That means no portfolio sites, no books and no "I made this" anywhere but via WNYC. I love you guys, but this is a bit much... I hope you'll reconsider the "exclusive" part. Thanks!

Jul. 22 2010 03:16 PM

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