How British do you feel? Visualised

17th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

We asked you how British you felt; but how do we show the response? And what does it say about the way we visualise data online? Download this as a PDFVisualising data online and in a newspaper is like the difference between speaking Spanish and conversing in French; there have the same roots and are ostensibly similar - but in practice are completely different.So it's proven with the results of our online Britishness survey, where we asked readers to rate how they felt about their nationality.The results provide a fascinating insight into how different parts of the UK really feel about the nation as a whole. Online, it works just like a Google map - where you can zoom in and see how people feel in each place, ranked by the maps of each country. It works using the Google Maps API, feeding from a spreadsheet form that readers are essentially filling in.But the demands of showing the same data in the paper produce a different approach - the results of which you can see above. Two maps, rather than one - and losing the multiple flags. Guardian graphic artist Paul Scruton explains:The two maps were all we had space for but I was keen on it as a solution from the start because I felt that the question was, on the whole: do you feel British? Or more distinctly nationalistic? So it really was divided into two camps anyway. The only real issue was where the 'others' came into the picture but they were potentially too diverse a group. They could be foreign nationals - Chinese, Italian and so on, or be from the UK but feel 'European', or born in the UK but not feel part of it - say, Cornish or from the Isle of ManWhat do you think? How would you have shown the data?More open dataData journalism and data visualisations from the GuardianWorld government data Search the world's government data with our gatewayDevelopment and aid data Search the world's global development data with our gatewayCan you do something with this data? Flickr Please post your visualisations and mash-ups on our Flickr groupContact us at Get the A-Z of data More at the Datastore directory Follow us on Twitter Like us on FacebookBritish identity and societyScotlandWalesSimon RogersPaul © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions More Feeds

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