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A weekly social data project in R

A weekly data project aimed at the R ecosystem. As this project was borne out of the R4DS Online Learning Community and the R for Data Science textbook, an emphasis was placed on understanding how to summarize and arrange data to make meaningful charts with ggplot2, tidyr, dplyr, and other tools in the tidyverse ecosystem. However, any code-based methodology is welcome - just please remember to share the code used to generate the results.

Join the R4DS Online Learning Community in the weekly #TidyTuesday event! Every week we post a raw dataset, a chart or article related to that dataset, and ask you to explore the data. While the dataset will be “tamed”, it will not always be tidy! As such you might need to apply various R for Data Science techniques to wrangle the data into a true tidy format. The goal of TidyTuesday is to apply your R skills, get feedback, explore other’s work, and connect with the greater #RStats community! As such we encourage everyone of all skills to participate!

We will have many sources of data and want to emphasize that no causation is implied. There are various moderating variables that affect all data, many of which might not have been captured in these datasets. As such, our guidelines are to use the data provided to practice your data tidying and plotting techniques. Participants are invited to consider for themselves what nuancing factors might underlie these relationships.

The intent of Tidy Tuesday is to provide a safe and supportive forum for individuals to practice their wrangling and data visualization skills independent of drawing conclusions. While we understand that the two are related, the focus of this practice is purely on building skills with real-world data.

All data will be posted on the data sets page on Monday. It will include the link to the original article (for context) and to the data set.

We welcome all newcomers, enthusiasts, and experts to participate, but be mindful of a few things:

  1. The data set comes from the source article or the source that the article credits. Be mindful that the data is what it is and Tidy Tuesday is designed to help you practice data visualization and basic data wrangling in R.
  2. Again, the data is what it is! You are welcome to explore beyond the provided dataset, but the data is provided as a "toy" dataset to practice techniques on.
  3. This is NOT about criticizing the original article or graph. Real people made the graphs, collected or acquired the data! Focus on the provided dataset, learning, and improving your techniques in R.
  4. This is NOT about criticizing or tearing down your fellow #RStats practitioners or their code! Be supportive and kind to each other! Like other's posts and help promote the #RStats community!
  5. Use the hashtag #TidyTuesday on Twitter if you create your own version and would like to share it.
  6. Include a picture of the visualisation when you post to Twitter.
  7. Include a copy of the code used to create your visualization when you post to Twitter. Comment your code wherever possible to help yourself and others understand your process!
  8. Focus on improving your craft, even if you end up with something simple!
  9. Give credit to the original data source whenever possible.

Submitting Datasets

TidyTuesday is built around open datasets that are found in the "wild" or submitted as Issues on our GitHub.

If you find a dataset that you think would be interesting, you can approach it through two ways:

Two Ways to Contribute

  1. Submit the dataset as an Issue
    a. Find an interesting dataset
    b. Find a report, blog post, article etc relevant to the data
    c. Submit the dataset as an Issue along with a link to the article

  2. Create an entire TidyTuesday challenge!
    a. Find an interesting dataset
    b. Find a report, blog post, article etc relevant to the data (or create one yourself!)
    c. Let us know you're found something interesting and are working on it by filing an Issue on our GitHub
    d. Provide a link or the raw data and a cleaning script for the data
    e. Write a basic file using the minimal template below and make sure to give yourself credit! template


The data this week comes from [SOURCE_OF_DATA](URL_TO_DATA). 

This [ARTICLE_SOURCE](LINK_TO_ARTICLE) talks about SUBJECT TITLE in greater detail.

Credit: [YOUR NAME](Twitter handle or other social media profile)

Submitting Code Chunks

Want to submit a useful code-chunk? Please submit as a Pull Request and follow the guide.

Citing TidyTuesday

To cite the TidyTuesday repo/project in publications use:

Thomas Mock (2021). Tidy Tuesday: A weekly data project aimed at the R ecosystem.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

    title = {Tidy Tuesday: A weekly data project aimed at the R ecosystem}, 
    author = {Mock, Thomas}, 
    url = {}, 
    year = {2021} 

Note: If you would like to cite the tidytuesdayR package, you should use citation("tidytuesdayR") instead.


2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

Week Date Data Source Article
1 2020-12-29 Bring your own data from 2020!
2 2021-01-05 Transit Cost Project Transit Costs Case Study
3 2021-01-12 Art Collections Tate Collection AR of Artworks
4 2021-01-19 Kenya Census rKenyaCensus Introducing rKenyaCensus
5 2021-01-26 Plastic Pollution Break Free from Plastic Sarah Sauve
6 2021-02-02 HBCU Enrollment Data.World & Data.World HBCU Donations Article
7 2021-02-09 Wealth and Income Urban Institute & US Census Urban Institute
8 2021-02-16 W.E.B. Du Bois Challenge Du Bois Data Challenge Anthony Starks - Recreating Du Bois's data portraits
9 2021-02-23 Employment and Earnings BLS BLS Article

Useful links

Link Description
Link The R4DS Online Learning Community Website
Link The R for Data Science textbook
Link Carbon for sharing beautiful code pics
Link Post gist to Carbon from RStudio
Link Post to Carbon from RStudio
Link Join GitHub!
Link Basics of GitHub
Link Learn how to use GitHub with R
Link Save high-rez ggplot2 images

Useful data sources

Link Description
Link Data is Plural collection
Link BuzzFeedNews GitHub
Link The Economist GitHub
Link The fivethirtyeight data package
Link The Upshot by NY Times
Link The Baltimore Sun Data Desk
Link The LA Times Data Desk
Link Open News Labs
Link BBC Data Journalism team

Data Viz/Science Books

Only books available freely online are sourced here. Feel free to add to the list

Link Description
Link Fundamentals of Data Viz by Claus Wilke
Link The Art of Data Science by Roger D. Peng & Elizabeth Matsui
Link Tidy Text Mining by Julia Silge & David Robinson
Link Geocomputation with R by Robin Lovelace, Jakub Nowosad, Jannes Muenchow
Link Data Visualization by Kieran Healy
Link ggplot2 cookbook by Winston Chang
Link BBC Data Journalism team