You don't need a GIS program to make data maps
See how to create compelling maps without using a geographic information system. Learn how you can use R packages to work with shapefiles to create custom maps and discover a new tool under development at the University of Iowa that simplifies the process of creating maps scaled to population or other factors while preserving the shape of individual elements.
David Herzog is professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves as NICAR academic adviser. He's the author of Data Literacy: A User’s Guide (2015) SAGE Publications. He also helped launch the online M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program at the University of Missouri. @davidherzog
Daniel Lathrop is a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the academy, he spent 15 years in print and online newsrooms including the Center for Public Integrity, The Dallas Morning News and the Seattle P-I. His work has won numerous national awards, and he contributes as a freelance reporter to publications such as FiveThrityEight, The Marshall Project and The New York Times. @lathropd
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