Year in Review: News Apps, Interactives, Visualizations

The Texas Tribune's development and data teams took on projects ranging from higher education to public education, campaign finance, transportation and women's health. We take a look back at the best of what we built in 2012.

At the top of this list are our two newest additions to our stable of news apps, the Public Schools Explorer and the Higher Education Explorer. These applications are built on top of readily available, but not easily consumable, data sources from the state.

One of our most successful visualizations was the award-winning Rise and Fall of Rick Perry's Presidential Campaign, which collected stories and video coverage of Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 presidential race.

During the tumultuous redistricting process, we built a number of tools to help readers figure out what district they would be voting in come Nov. 6.

As money flowed out of Texas and into the coffers of super PACs, our interactive treemap visualization made it easy to see who was giving.

While Texas tried to climb out of the worst drought in state history, we took stock of state reservoir levels and created a tool that automatically collected levels from across the state and presented it on easy-to-read map.

With the explosion of toll projects across Texas, we gathered data on the location of al current and future toll projects.

Finally, 2012 saw drastic cuts to family planning funding, so we built interactives on the state of the Women's Health Program, and provided maps of where the uninsured live in Texas. 

Below are links to some of the Tribune's top apps, data visualizations and interactives this year:

Public Schools Explorer

Higher Education Explorer

Interactive: Where are the Women's Health Program Providers

Interactive: The Uninsured in Texas

The Rise and Fall of Rick Perry's Presidential Campaign

Data App: Track Texas Reservoir Levels

Interactive: Compare Texas Universities By Graduation Rate

Interactive: Find Your District

Interactive: One More Look at Super PACs in Texas

Tolling Texans: Interactive State Toll Map

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