Category: DataViz Turned-In Assignments





Mahima Singh : Independent learning

For the independent learning portion of the course, I didn’t want to only use  While does provide exercise files and walk along I wanted to get an eclectic understanding of HTML and JavaScript for my final project.

I plan to use a one page HTML template to present my findings (Data) then host it on GitHub or someplace free.

Understanding how to Host sites on GitHub.

For this, I went through a GitHub Tutorial for GitHub

The hosting part of it was pretty straight forward. What was a little confusing to me was playing around with the HTML template that I download off the internet. Luckily in class, we have been tinkering with already exciting code. So that is exactly what it did. I played around with the HTML index file of the template and occasionally found myself on StackOverflow trying to figure out how to “Hyperlink an enter div.” Once I got this figured out, I was pretty confident that I will be able to at least Host my project on GitHub. But I would only be certain once I tried.

Integrating JS into HTML

This part took a lot of trial and error. The first place I looked for help was W3schools. It was simple to understand and I could use the snippets to play around with some of the stuff I had on my computer. I used some of the JS charts we had used in class as examples to integrate into a sample HTML template I was working with.

Lynda Requirement

I watched Bootstrap Layouts: responsive single-page design.

The HTML template I was working with was from Bootstrap. While it is known to be easy to work with, one thing I couldn’t get round was the column and row makeup of the Bootstrap page. The video was exactly what I needed. I was stuck trying to get my charts into multiple columns on the bootstrap template and watching this three-hour long video not only helped me solve that problem but it taught me many new things on bootstrap.

In the end, it all came together. The things I learned in class, especially the tinkering with Javascript along the extra learning I did made this project possible.

The final project can be viewed here: Trump and the media




Final Project: Jenkins

The city of Syracuse, NY is becoming an increasingly popular place for post-graduate students and young adults to settle as their first home. The “Downtown” area of Syracuse, ZipCode 13202, has a current population that is 52.8% Young adults, and more places like Syracuse’s Tech Garden and other start-ups are starting to rise up around the area.

The area of intense interest is Hanover Square, nestled between Erie Blvd East and East Genesee Street. People that live in the area have come to call it the “Locals’ Armory Square,” and it has become just that.

Jennifer Walls, Co-owner of Sweet Praxis, says the neighborhood feels different than Armory, “It’s a little more grown-up and intimate. It feels a little more European to me, a little more old world.”

Hanover Square has had a variety of new businesses, particularly in the food industry. Sweet Praxis opened in November of 2016, with The Evergreen opening almost exactly one year before that, in November of 2015. Other new businesses are shown on the map below.

Hanover Square’s low-visibility is a blessing and a curse. Hanover’s residents fear that if more students come to the area, underage drinking will increase, as it has in Armory Square. Syracuse University’s DPS’ 2016 Annual Safety Report cites 2020 incidents of underage drinking by SU students in 2015, and this number is only those “caught” and reprimanded by campus security.

DPS Liquor Violations


The area is still in development, with the state tower building planning to bring in new businesses and living space to the area. You can view the future plans for Syracuse Economic Development here.

Ellie Haines- Lynda Requirement

I decided to do my tutorial on HTML Essential Training. The only ever training I have had in HTML was this class plus a few chapters from code academy but after taking this course I realized the potential I could have with HTML as it is now less intimidating. It was good to get a refresher on the basic syntax and the outline of HTML but I learned a lot of new skills and tricks throughout this course.

I never thought to use a separate reader for HTML along with the website but for the practice exercises I tried out text wrangler. This course also showed me some helpful resources like w3c, HTML living standard and that I can reference in the future for help and updates with HTML.

The new things I learned how to do in this course were controlling the line breaks, white space, dealing with syntax errors (this happens all the time to me) and overall formatting the page content.

The most interesting part of the course was learning about how HTML plus CSS and Javascript come together to create a finished website considering this is something I have never been exposed to like this. Styling was the key take away, the tutorial went over how to style the CSS and HTML so that we are styling something that affects the entire site rather than just one page- which is cool because now I don’t have to fully rely on WordPress themes. I can now customize them with my touch. The JavaScript was definitely something that I need to watch a separate course on, it was harder for me to grasp.

Overall it was a great course and I want to continue to learn HTML/ CSS.

Lynda Requirement – Claire Alex

Early on in the course, I watched the Lynda tutorial on working with basic HTML. This tutorial was very helpful because it gave me my first insight into what it was like to work with HTML code. Before taking this class I did not have any experience with coding. This is why I chose this tutorial. I was a little overwhelmed with the first assignments that incorporated coding so I needed some extra help.

The tutorial helped me be more comfortable altering code. It taught me how to look at a HTML and read it so that it made sense and was not just a bunch of foreign characters. The tutorial showed me how easy it was to alter very specific things on web sites by finding where it was placed in the code. For instance, I was able to see how you might change the text of the heading as well as the color of the font from within the code.

The most important thing I learned for the tutorial is to save often and refresh to make sure that you are making the changes you want to make, while making few mistakes. The tutorial helped me realize that one wrong character of deletion can effect all of the code. This was a valuable lesson that I kept in mind as the assignments for this class got a little more complex.

I will definitely use Lynda again in the future. It was very helpful.

Alex O’Toole – Final Project

The LGBTQ+ community is a community that has long faced persecution and discrimination and hearing that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone– because it is not new information.

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It isn’t as if more people are suddenly becoming gay or deciding to be gay, but they are becoming increasingly comfortable with themselves and the climate so that they can admit it now.

The LGBT Civil Rights Movement has been going on for a long time now and it is a fight that it still happening every day. This timeline offers just a sampling of what the LGBT community has done and has gone through over the past several decades.


Yes, as you can see, we as a nation have come a long way. However, that is not to say that we are in a completely safe and accepting society. We know that regardless of any strides or progress, that is absolutely not the case.

The following chart illustrates the breakdown of hate crimes based on sexual identity and gender identity, respectively. These are according to FBI findings for the year 2015.

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In 2015, law enforcement agencies reported 1,219 hate crime offenses based on sexual orientation bias, which is the total number represented in the above chart. Most of the groups identified in the first chart are pretty self-explanatory. “Mixed group” bias, however, refers to bias that was was prompted by an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender bias; it encompasses a larger group. Clearly though, still, gay men are facing the majority of bias. In 2015 alone they alone faced over 758 hateful assaults.

In the same year, of the single-bias incidents, 118 offenses were a result of gender-identity bias. Of those, 75 of them were anti-transgender and 43 were anti-gender non-conforming.

Something that people always say is that children are the future. If that is the case here, then things are looking up. Children today are being born into a society where it is more acceptable to be who you are. Statistics about LGBT youth show the discrimination that is still being faced by all age groups within the community, but also hope for the future.

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Carla Caban – Lynda Requirement

For my first time using Lynda I thought the platform is very helpful and does have a very wide variety of courses to take. Since I am a graduating advertising major I wanted to look up something that would be related to my field. In advertising the use of celebrity endorsements and influencers is something that has been known to show good results.  Therefore, for this I decided to learn more about Influencer Marketing and the steps behind finding an influencer that will benefit your brand as well as help create a more personable connection with the target you are trying to reach.

The first thing that the course mentioned was the importance of authenticity. From research, people tend to listen to what their friends and family recommend to them . They are more likely to look up a product or buy it if a recommendation for that products comes form a trusted source. According to the Razorfish Fluent report, online influencers such as bloggers and social media influencer score second only to your closest friends and family. This is where influencers can sneak in and make an impact.

According to the course many brands forget to focus on where the end consumer’s trust really is, not  in the ads they serve them but in the messages covered by their friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and other influencers. The tricky part is finding the influencer whose audience matches your brand and how to work with them in order to produce a majority illusion about your product or service.

There are 4 different types of influencers: Macro-influencers, micro-influencers, brand ambassadors and unhappy customers. Macro-influencers refer to musicians, actors, professional athletes, business leaders and platform sensations. These people have developed an elevated status on specific social media platforms by building a hyper-engaged audience. Micro-influencers compared to macro-influencers have slightly less reach but a highly engaged follower base. They are non-celebrities, experts in a specific field, passionate about a specific subject, with a follower account of 100K followers or less, high engagement rates and capabilities to motivate others to take action. Brand ambassadors are consumers who are already fans of your brand, with them the goal is to spread brand advocacy. Finally there are the unhappy customers, these are the people that have had a negative experience with your brand and share it on social media. With these cases it is important for the brand to quickly respond to consumer’s concerns and be apologetic about their bad service.

The course goes on about how to identify the right influencers for your target as well as what kind of influencer works best with your desired goals. It again, emphasizes the importance of authenticity and how this will ultimately be how you will best connect with consumers. It is also imperative to keep good relations with your influencers since you are designating them the responsibility to carry with them your brand’s values. This course really helped me understand all the little things that need to happen in order to find the right influencer for your branding how to maintain good relationships with them. As an aspiring advertising professional this is something that will help me when working on certain brands. I also loved using Lynda, there are so many different courses!

Here’s a quick read about how Fire Festival did it wrong with influencers.

Jakubowski-Dataviz final

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in January that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport will undergo a $45.1 million renovation over the next two years. This is not the first renovation the Syracuse airport has received lately, getting funding back in 2012 as well. This renovation has already been configured in Ne York state’s budget for 2017/2018 fiscal year.  Below is a breakdown of where the money will come from.

Syracuse Airport Renovation Costs by Agency
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Some of the renovations includes a new facade, flooring and furniture improvements in the terminals, a glass bridge for passengers, a regional aviation history museum, plus an eco-friendly roof near the front entrance.These upgrades are meant to make the airport more appealing to passengers. Plane traffic has gone up at Syracuse airport in last 5 years, along with passenger traffic.   Syracuse served nearly 1 million people, who passed through the airport in 2016. Below is a look at enplanements populations at New York state airport.

LaGuardia airport in New York City announced last summer that it will undergo a $5.3 billion renovation. That announcement was meant with displeasure from many. Some thought the funding should be going to revamp Union Station in downtown NYC.  The cost and amount of labor for each airport plan is drastically different. Enplanement stats and years until completion are also provided.

With the airport set to garner this renovation, there are questions about other places and buildings that may need renovations in the future.  Buildings from the Carrier Dome to Interstate-81 are all infrastructure in Syracuse that soon may be renovated and upgraded as well.The mayor’s office and Syracuse city council board has been mute on how the costs would be acquired. Many speculate government fiscal aid would be needed.  The graph below outlines the estimated costs for Syracuse infrastructure plans.

Syracuse Renovation Project Estimated Costs
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Final Project – Claire Alex

Taking a Look at the 115th Congress

Does the 115th Congress accurately represent the American population? Is it realistic to believe anyone who wants to serve in Congress can? Let’s find out.

First, it will be helpful to understand a little bit about Congress’ history:

Congress has not changed much since its’ founding in the 18th century. However, two notable changes can be seen. Congress has grown, due to overall population growth in the United States, and it has become more diverse. This change in diversity has most notably been seen in the 21st century. While this change has not been significant, since the majority of Congress has been and is still white males, it is still worth noting.

In order to answer the questions posed above, we need to understand the basic demographics of the 115th Congress.

115th Congress Overview
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Next, we need to understand the basic demographics of the United States population as of the 2015 census.

US Population Overview
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Does the 115th Congress accurately reflect the population it represents? The answer is, almost. In terms of religion and race, Congress and the US population seem to have a fairly similar proportion. Protestant and Catholic are the two dominant religions amongst the population and our representatives. In addition, congress is 81.6% white and the US population is 77% white. Where congress varies from the population the most is in gender and education. Women only comprise 20% of Congress, but make up over half of the United States population. The data also shows that Congress is significantly more educated than the American public.

This education gap might be the best explanation for the drastic difference in career paths between everyday Americans and representatives before joining Congress. The majority of the US population has received their high school diploma, but not much schooling beyond that. In comparison, Congress has received significantly more schooling. The majority of Congress has received their Bachelor’s degree and gone on to continue their education with either a Master’s degree, or Law degree. This advanced education is a partial explanation for the elite jobs members of Congress held before being elected to office.

So, is it fair to say that anyone who desires to be a congressional representative may have the opportunity to do so? Not quite. The data suggests women and minorities, especially African Americans, with a Bachelor’s degree or higher have a better shot at winning a congressional election moving forward. As the nation’s demographics change, so do the demographics of Congress…even if it is a few years behind. However, there is no denying the opportunity and privilege that is associated with being a white male. Being a educated, upper class, protestant, white male with political ambitions is still the easiest route to Congress.

The 114th and 115th have been the most diverse set of representatives in the history of Congress. This is a promising trend as we look to the future. It suggests that even though representation in Congress may not accurately portray the diversity in the population, that representation over time will change to more accurately reflect the American electorate.

This point is further proven in this diagram:

Form this we can see that over half of Congress was elected before 2015. To me, this suggests that there is room for even more diversity in Congress down the line. As these representatives, elected in the 1970s and 80s start to retire, their seats will be open to younger and more diverse politicians, which will allow Congress to continue to evolve and become more representative of the American population.

Ellie Haines- Final Project

The music industry one of the largest and constantly growing industries out there. With about 1,264 genres your ears can be satisfied with about just anything for any mood or event. With that being said, it is interesting to see how much the popular genres rule the industry.

For this first chart I took a look at the highest paid musicians. Taylor Swift, a country pop artist, is raining in the most money with 170.0 Million Dollars in 2016. The most interesting part about this is that she doesn’t allow any of her music to be on platforms such as Spotify or Soundcloud. She gets paid for her individual songs/ albums through Apple Music or iTunes as well as her concerts. One Direction and Adele are both international stars from the UK. One Direction falls under Pop and Adele’s music falls under multiple genres hitting {op, Contemporary R&B, Blue-Eyed Soul and Soul Music. One Direction reeled in $110.0 Million and Adele with 80.5 Million. Madonna, Rihanna and Garth Brooks all in the same ball park with $76.5 Million, $75.0 Million and $70.0 Million.

Next up I was able to see what artist was most popular in each state. An overwhelming amount of states are fans of the very popular Hip-Hop/ Contemorary R&B artist from Toronto, Drake. There was not much diversity in the data I found here. The other states were fans of Kevin Gates, Eminem and Fetty Wap who are also Hip-Hop musicians and lastly Taylor Swift.

2016 Business Insider Favorite Artists by State According to Pandora
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All of these genres were the basis of what all of the Genres today are built off of. As time has gone on artists have been innovative in adding their own twist on each genre to stand out and make a name for themselves.