The Guardian has created an interactive data visualization about the Nauru files—2,116 leaked documents detailing incident reports about detained asylum seekers at Australia’s Nauru Regional Processing Centre, an immigration detention facility located in the island nation of Nauru. The visualization plots every incident report, which detail issues such as fighting, sexual abuse, or possession of contraband, on a timeline from 2013 to 2015 and color codes each incident by severity. Users can filter the visualization by time period, incident severity, and incident type, and read each incident report. The Guardian created the visualization as part of its ongoing investigation into the Nauru files, which revealed dangerous living conditions and abuse at the Nauru detention center and drew international criticism of how the Australian government treats asylum seekers.
Visualizing the Nauru Files
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.