‘Trade unions should take a much tougher stance’

Dutch trade unions have a reputation for constructive dialogue, but that’s not necessarily what people expect of them. In the LISS Political Values study, some 6,000 panel members have been asked a number of times whether they agree with the statement ‘Trade unions should take a much tougher political stance, if they wish to promote the workers’ interests’. In the latest edition of the study, those who agree with this statement outnumber those who disagree by 2.6 to 1. This support for tougher unions holds for most subgroups (but not the self-employed and people earning more than 4,500 euros per month).

Support for tougher unions over time

Percentage of respondents who agree or disagree with the statement ‘Trade unions should take a much tougher political stance, if they wish to promote the workers’ interests’. Graph may not work with older versions of Internet Explorer. Source LISS, graph dirkmjk.


Support for tougher unions, by group

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Values higher than 1 mean that within that group, those in favour of tougher unions outnumber those who disagree. For example, among people with paid employment, the number of respondents in favour of tougher unions is 3.5 times as high as the number who disagree. Hover mouse over bar to see percentages. Graph may not work with older versions of Internet Explorer. Source LISS, results for December 2011, graph dirkmjk.

My first D3 graph

I’m trying to master D3, a javascript library for creating (interactive) web graphics. As an excercise, I redid this graph, which uses Eurostat data on the percentage of the population who have ever written a computer programme.

I can’t say it’s a very good graph: some of the most intriguing aspects of the data have to do with changes over time (decline in some countries, rather large growth in Finland, implausible fluctuations in the Netherlands), which don’t show very well in my graph. Nevertheless, it feels good to have coded my first interactive D3 graph.

P.s. the graph may not be visible in older versions of internet explorer.

ATMs and cycle paths

The habits of cyclists are shaping cities like Amsterdam. “There are many ATMs along the main bicycle path network”, urban planner Marco te Brömmelstroet told Vogelvrije Fietser, the magazine of cyclists’ organisation Fietsersbond.

The map above shows Amsterdam’s main cycle path network (provided by the city as open data) and the location of ATMs. It appears that many ATMs are indeed located near cycle paths. Exceptions include shopping areas such as the Kalverstraat, Gelderlandplein and Bijlmerplein. (I tried to calculate the distance between ATMs and cycle paths but I couldn’t get this to work in QGIS.)

Data viz course assignment: bailout and votes

The fourth assignment of the data visualisation course was to do something with this data on unemployment in US states, published by the Guardian Data Blog. My project could be summarised as ‘It’s the unions, stupid’.

P.S. I didn’t post my work for the third assignment on this blog. I’m afraid it wasn’t any good.

Update - Elsewhere, the impact of the bailout on the election is questioned as well.

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Faux Amsterdam School

Faux Amsterdam School

Housing corporations are demolishing a number of Amsterdam School housing blocks in the Transvaalbuurt in Amsterdam. Not spectacular Amsterdam School as in Spaarndammerbuurt or P.L. Takbuurt, but still. The other day, I noticed that a new building at this location is almost finished. It’s a striking imitation of the Amsterdam School, with brick reliefs, rounded balconies, window patterns and all.

I actually found a document (pdf) of the Oost District stipulating that the original architectural characteristics must be maintained and even prescribing the shape of the corner. One could argue that such a meticulous imitation of a historical style is a bit kitschy, but I think that in this case the result is pretty decent.

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