Analyzing and Recreating Data Visualizations of W.E.B. Du Bois

In February 2021, Allen Hillery, Anthony Starks, and Sekou Tyler started the #DuboisChallenge, an annual online challenge where participants use modern data visualization tools such as R, Python, and Tableau, among others, to recreate the data visualizations originally made by W.E.B. Du Bois in the 1900 Exposition Universelle (also known as the 1900 Paris Exposition). The seven-week challenge included 10 out of the 63 visualizations in the original exhibit. Each week, participants were tasked with recreating one of the visualizations, and there were three “bonus” visualization challenges. Participants used social media to share their recreations side-by-side with the originals, using the hashtag #DuBoisChallenge, and many shared the code they used for the recreation.

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