dataist: Interactive: The 100 richest people in Finland

Jens Finnäs: "Every year in the beginning of [November] the [Finnish] tax records from last year are published. In other words: you get to know who made the most money. Every year the Finnish media outlets do a very conventional presentation of this material. Page after page of lists of top-earners. Rarely does anyone do anything more creative with the data. ... This is my first visualization in Raphael.js. Previously I have been working with D3 and Protovis, but the weak browser support of these two libraries is becoming a growing concern."

New York Times: Interactive Feature: Steve Jobs’s Patents

Very nice interactive feature providing links to documents, using a series of image carousels for navigation: "The 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company’s products — from the company’s iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores."

ProPublica: How You Can Use Our ‘Opportunity Gap’ Project in Your Reporting

"Our news application makes it easy to point readers to profiles of specific schools or districts. Here’s our guide on how to use it, including instructions on how to share your findings from within the app and how to embed a special link to it in your story. ... We’ve created special Facebook buttons all over our schools database. Use them to log in and share your observations and comments on school and district comparisons. Just fill out the 'share' box on the left and click 'post.'"

Propublica: The Opportunity Gap

An amazing project: ProPublica's investigation into access to advanced courses in US secondary education includes a database of schools allows users to log in with Facebook to look up their school. There are individual pages for each state, district, and school, and a page allowing users to compare schools (and Tweet their comparisons).

Texas Tribune: Interactive: Visualizing the Lege’s Proposed Texas Congressional Districts

"On [this map], congressional districts as they are currently drawn are to the left of the split; to the right of the split are the districts as redrawn by the Legislature. Click on a district to highlight it in yellow on both sides of the split, and push and pull the map to see how the proposed lines for that district would change."

@innovations: Washington Post on news innovation, Moving away from Flash: A look at JavaScript drawing libraries

"Last week we published a graphic that compared four federal budget proposals through a series of charts. We used the jQuery library Flot to draw simple, interactive line charts that showed how the debt and deficit would change under the different plans. Flot is very easy to use, flexible and customizable, and is one of many free-to-use JavaScript graphing libraries out there (Dracula, Highcharts and RGraph are a few others). "

WSJ.com: WSJ Jet Tracker

"The Wall Street Journal filed several Freedom of Information Act requests with the Federal Aviation Administration for the entire Enhanced Traffic Management System database, which contains flight records for aircraft that flew in the U.S. under instrument flight rules. The Journal analyzed the flight data for non-commercial jet aircraft traffic for a four-year period, 2007 through 2010. ... The Journal has included in the flights database an estimated cost to operate each flight. The estimates are based on per-hour cost figures for each model of jet, provided by Conklin & de Decker Aviation Information, an industry consulting firm used by some public companies to provide aircraft-cost estimates for regulatory filings."