The ever-blossoming technologies in Web browsers and smart phones give us tremendous potential to make things that you’ve never seen before on a news Web site. In the past few months, we’ve published apps that let you draw logos from memory, declared Makati City, Philippines, to be the “selfie capital of the world,” and even attempted to turn Census data into a dating app. The ever-blossoming technologies in Web browsers and smart phones give us tremendous potential to make things that surprise, entertain and inform all at once.
We’re calling articles on Labs “stories,” because that’s just what they are: Narratives built from data where you control the plot. But TIME Labs is more than just a clearinghouse for stuff we think is cool. It’s also a place where you can explore the data that powers our projects. In addition to stories, we’ve also created pages called “data sheets” that take you behind the scenes to see the whole story of how a bunch of numbers can become a map, a chart, a game or anything else you see here.