Data Set 1: Olympic Countries
Beginning in 1998, a group of ten members of the International Society of Olympic Historians from around the world came together to create a database of Olympic-related information. Each member of the team is responsible for a certain data set and maintains it individually before sending it to the editors for final approval. The website is part of the Fox Sports Network. This data is interesting because it breaks down a multitude of Olympic information in one easy table. The data shows when each country began competing in the summer and winter games, their medal counts and number of athletes ever to compete. I think using this data set to highlight how some countries, for example a small country like Andorra, has sent more athletes to the Winter games than other countries with exceedingly larger populations.
Data Set 2: LGBT Representation on TV
Each year GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) evaluates LGBT representation on both network and cable television. GLAAD’s entertainment team, led by Associate Director of Entertainment Media, Matt Kane, research and monitor all network television as well as a number of cable channels throughout the year to track the progress of LGBT inclusion in both television and major motion pictures. The data can be found on their website for the past several years and in the included link, the 2013 report, there are references to past years and how the inclusion has risen or fallen, broken down by channel. This would be interested data to display in a more visual manner because the long report makes it difficult to compare network-to-network, cable channel to cable channel etc. The heavy text document is full of information that would be far more digestible if presented in a series of graphics.
Data 3: Olympic Injuries
The British Journal of Sports Medicine published an article following the 2010 Winter Olympics detailing the injuries and illnesses incurred by athletes during the games. The data comes from the 82 National Olympic Committee’s head physicians who were asked to report daily occurrences as well as medical centers in Vancouver and Whistler clinics. I found this data interesting because of the timeliness of it, with the 2014 Winter Olympics beginning this week. Leading up to and during the Olympics, the winter version in particular, the media calls attention to the athletes who cannot return to the games due to injury as well as those who are injured during qualifying rounds etc. If I delve further into this data set, I would compare it to the article published by this journal in 2012, following the Summer Olympics, and compare the amount of injuries during the lastest summer and winter games to see which is more dangerous, and specifically which sports produce the most injuries as well as to what body parts.