Last Statement

Year

2013

Categories

Interactive

Tags

art, d3.js, flask, jquery, responsive

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This is an experiment in using the techniques of data journalism to explore the last statements given by people executed by the State of Texas. Backend code scrapes the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website using Beautiful Soup, and saves the statements and other information to a database. A Twitter bot posts excerpts from the statements on the anniversary of each execution. On the front end, visitors can browse sentiments expressed in the statements, and see their relationships in interactive charts built using d3.js. The twitter feed was adapted for projection at Flight Gallery (San Antonio) in July, 2014.

http://laststatement.org

Sentiments app

Twitter bot

Projection at Flight Gallery