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Al Shaw is a news applications developer at ProPublica. Previously he was Designer/Developer at Talking Points Memo and creator of TPM's PollTracker application.

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Reporting From the Youngest Land in the World

How we got aerial photographs for our project on Louisiana’s effort to save its southeastern coast.

Louisiana’s Moon Shot

The state hopes to save its rapidly disappearing coastline with a 50-year, $50 billion plan based on science that’s never been tested and money it doesn’t have. What could go wrong?

Losing Ground: Southeast Louisiana is Disappearing, Quickly

Scientists say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history -- the rapid land loss occurring in the Mississippi Delta -- is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion.

Announcing Raster Support for Simple Tiles

To support the work we're doing for a project launching this year that relies on satellite imagery, we've added raster-data support to the newest version of Simple Tiles.

Introducing Landline and Stateline: Two Tools For Quick Vector Maps in your Browser

Today we're releasing code to make it easier for newsrooms to produce maps quickly.

How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network

An obscure Arizona nonprofit disbursed millions in cash from anonymous donors. Some was spent on the 2012 elections.

Tire Tracker

Use this database to look up how your tires are rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

How to Make a News App in Two Days, as Told by Six People Who Tried It for the First Time

Income Inequality Near You

Income equality is expected to be a major theme of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. Explore the income equality of your county, based on data from the 2010 American Community Survey.

Journalists: Send ProPublica Your Redaction Classics

The Obama administration’s take on transparency can be rather opaque. Send us your most memorable FOIA documents for our Redaction Classics collection.

How We Made the 3-D New York City Flood Map

We used features only available in the most modern web browsers to create the interactive map of the city's flood zones.

Sharpening the Government’s Blurry Maps

The Senate may soon vote on legislation that would require FEMA to prepare more accurate maps before flood insurance rates can be raised.

How Well Did FEMA’s Maps Predict Sandy’s Flooding?

When Superstorm Sandy struck New York and New Jersey last year, the accuracy of FEMA’s flood-risk maps for the area varied widely.

Federal Flood Maps Left New York Unprepared for Sandy—and FEMA Knew It

The agency ignored state and city officials' appeals to update the maps with better data until it was too late.

How We Analyzed FEMA’s Risk Maps

How Much Acetaminophen Are You Taking?

Many common over-the-counter drugs contain acetaminophen. Taking more than one at the same time increases your chance of “double-dipping” -- accidentally overdosing.

Why You Should Be our 2014 OpenNews Fellow (and Join the Epic Team of Awesome)

For the second year, the ProPublica News Applications desk has a unique opening for a ten-month-long fellowship as part of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews program.

Transcribable: Free the Files to Go!

Today we’re releasing a new open source project, which will enable any organization with a DocumentCloud account to do crowdsourcing using documents.

Timeline: America’s Long Civil Rights March

ProPublica has created a timeline to appreciate the key moments and often differing aims of the government's judicial and legislative branches in the ongoing clash over civil rights.

New Maps and a New Plan for New York

FEMA's released new, preliminary flood insurance maps for New York City, which specify how likely areas are to flood. The new maps, which replace maps that used data from 1983, double the number of structures in flood zones.
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