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Something To Look At: Raw Data Transformed

Last week, WNYC's John Keefe visited NHPR. He heads that station’s new Datanews group, and demonstrated some truly illuminating interactive data maps for us. One map of New York reveals that the blocks where the highest number of stop and frisk gun searches are conducted by the NYPD, are not the places where stopping and frisking actually results in seizing a gun. So, using graphics to illustrate raw data can add value to news stories, or become the story itself. John told us that most of the code used by the data news team comes from CartoDB an open source tool. We were curious about CartoDB's other applications, so we went to their source. Javier de la Torre joins us today, he is CEO of Vizzuality, the New York and Madrid-based tech company behind CartoDB.

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