Data Docs

A screenshot from the Data Docs prototype developeed at the POV Hackathon

Click on the image to interact with a demo of the Data Docs prototype developed at POV Hackathon 2.
(This prototype is best viewed in Chrome.)

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Team: Susan E. McGregor, Joe Posner, Lam Thuy Vo. Bios and Q&A »

About the Project: The Data Docs project aims to spread data literacy by telling short stories about the most important datasets in the world. Each is a meld of linear storytelling and animation with live, evergreen data and choice interactive elements.


  • Cinema 4D, After Effects, Final Cut Pro for animation.
  • JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, popcorn.js (+custom-written plugin), CSS3 rotation transforms for programming.
  • FRED API feeds for US Bureau of Labor statistics data.
  • Animated GIFs used for font and charts.
  • Skype and a call recorder for interview recordings.

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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.