rssFeatured Projects

10/12/2017

That’s no moon: Data stories don’t always have to be downers

Data journalism can appear to revolve around bleak numbers. Mahima Singh shows that it isn’t always about ‘The Dark Side’.
 

4/12/2017

Carbon Doomsday: Tracking CO2 since 1958

In the absence of an authoritative and user-friendly CO2 emissions tracker, a global community of developers stepped in.
 

25/11/2017

Fake it ‘til you make it: How we identified a large number of fake followers on Instagram

How big is the fake follower problem on Instagram? The data journalism team at SRF decided to find out.
 

13/11/2017

Strava Global Heatmap: Explore the world’s athlete playgrounds

Data from more than 1 billion activities goes in to making Strava’s new map showcasing worldwide activity.
 

6/11/2017

The ‘Venezuela Econ’ app: Harnessing data to understand a spectacular economic meltdown

How one journalist plugged inefficiencies in the way that news outlets obtain, parse, and publish data about Venezuela’s crisis.
 

28/10/2017

The Stories Behind a Line: A visual narrative of six asylum seekers’ routes to Italy

Federica Fragapane and Alex Piacentini wanted to use data visualization as a way to give refugees a voice.
 

17/10/2017

Networked Capitalism: Unpicking the ventures of the PayPal Mafia

While there have been many articles about the interconnections between PayPal alumni, there are few visuals illustrating these connections.
 

27/9/2017

Presenting PERVADE: Exploring data ethics for researchers and analysts

Like big data researchers, journalists must balance investigation and discovery with minimizing harm.
 

19/9/2017

DataVizProject.com: A comprehensive archive of data visualisations

From a collection of post-it notes, to an online catalogue of more than 150 data visuals.
 

11/9/2017

The Knowledge City Index: Measuring the knowledge intensity of Australian cities

Knowledge cities may be the future drivers of prosperity, but until now there has been a surprising absence of tools to measure them.
 

8/9/2017

UnbiasedCrowd: Beating fake news at its own game

After a few key retweets, a biased story can go viral. This project calls on the crowd to detect visually biased news.
 

4/9/2017

DeepMoji: Using emojis to teach AI about emotions

Usually, artificial intelligence has trouble detecting emotional concepts within a text. But DeepMoji is different.
 

1/9/2017

World Series Mortality Tracker: How many fans actually get to see their team win more than once?

When the Cubs won first World Series in more than 100 years, Chris Hagan endeavoured to find out many people were alive for its last win.
 

11/8/2017

Marple: “We tried to automate story finding in data - this is what we learnt”

Journalism++ Stockholm has spent a year developing an automated news service for finding stories in large amounts of statistical data.
 

5/8/2017

Face-O-Matic: Experimental Slack alert system tracking Trump and congressional leaders on TV news

Using facial recognition technology, Nancy Watzman explains how Face-O-Matic tracks news coverage of public figures.
 

20/7/2017

Tweets of Congress: Output from 1000+ accounts for any given day

What does Congress really care about? This project has collated the entirety of Congress’ daily Twitter output so you can find out.
 

17/7/2017

The Stanford Open Policing Project: Uncovering the truth behind traffic stops

Until now, a national repository detailing interactions between police and the public didn’t exist.
 

30/6/2017

The Intercept Brazil: How metadata revealed lobbyists were behind labor reform amendments

The Intercept Brazil examined the metadata of 850 labor reform amendments to find out who was truly behind push for reform.
 

19/6/2017

Georgia lawmakers write ~4,800 things, mostly honors

What does the Georgia state Legislature actually do? Maggie Lee explains how she interrogated the data behind the lawmaking.
 

1/6/2017

Count Love: Aggregating protest data

Protests represent one method of communication between citizens and elected officials. But aggregate data is hard to come by.
 

30/5/2017

translatethe.news: Translating international news

While travelling in Turkey, Sam van Herwaarden developed a brilliant idea for breaking down language barriers in the news.
 

10/5/2017

The Generals of Gold: A data-driven investigation of the Egyptian Army’s influence

Noonpost team members explain how they used Linkurious to conduct a large-scale investigation into Egypt’s corruption networks.
 

2/3/2017

Europeana Transcribe: Crowdsourcing WWI data from handwritten text

With so much historical material available from WWI, this project is calling upon the crowd to help turn these into digital data troves.
 

5/2/2017

Islam, media subject: How to quantify the perception of Islam in the media

By text mining a corpus of French newspaper articles between 1997 - 2015, this project shows how discussions about Islam have changed over
 

1/2/2017

The Iraq War by the Numbers: Extracting the conflicts’ staggering costs

Using daily records from 2004 to 2010, Jeiran Jahani explored the Iraq War’s high human and financial impacts.
 

15/1/2017

Mediendienst Integration: Separating fact from fiction on migration

A free service that uses data to improve the reportage of migration-related issues in Germany.
 

9/1/2017

Data.mil: Telling open data stories about military history

Alex Howard interviewed the creators of a new open government data platform that aims to make military stories more accessible.
 

17/12/2016

The 1941 Project: Putting eyewitness accounts of Pearl Harbor on the map

Hidenori Watanave‘s newest interactive mapping project documents the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
 

29/11/2016

EndorsementDB: Predicting the U.S. election without polls

Following the unexpected 2016 election results, Wendy Liu asked whether measuring endorsements could provide an alternative to traditional
 

18/11/2016

Lost Cause: Seeing America through the losing candidates

ProPublica mapped every county that has supported the losing presidential candidate since 1828.
 

13/10/2016

Fragile Cities: Plotting lesser known urban stories

How much do we know about struggling cities? Do we even know where they are? This map helps shed new light on city data.
 

5/10/2016

Gamesmap: An interactive geography of the UK games industry

Just launched, Gamesmap combines big data, automation, and crowdsourcing to visualize the most complete dataset of the UK gaming sector ever
 

12/9/2016

Translator Gator: Gamification as a tool to crowdsource scarce language data

A people-powered language game to develop Indonesian language data by translating words from English into any of its six common languages.
 

6/9/2016

HarassMap: Challenging the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt with data

Five years on, HarassMap has made a marked impact on the discourse around sexual violence in Egypt.
 

28/8/2016

Illuminating 2016: Helping journalists cover social media in the presidential campaign

Using computational journalism to overcome Election 2016 information overload.
 

23/8/2016

Rio Olympics 2016 Search Trends: What is the world Googling?

A look at how Google Trends used search data to report on the Olympics.
 

18/8/2016

The Most Timeless Songs of All-Time: A data driven approach to music journalism

Using Spotify data, Matt Daniels measured the popularity of older music.
 

16/8/2016

The Criminal Migrant Shipping Network: A data driven cross-border investigation

Over four months, a team of nine journalists spread across six countries pooled their resources to investigate the people who profit migrants
 

12/8/2016

Mugged: A video documentary that lets audiences interact with data

Fusion experimented with interactive documentary to help audiences engage with its data driven investigation into the mugshot industry.
 

7/8/2016

Choropleth Maps of Nigeria: Socio-economic indicators visualized state by state

Uduak Akpan explains how the project highlights the spatial variability of different socio-economic indicators, and why this is important.
 

3/8/2016

Choice and Chance: 3D walkthrough of the Orlando Shooting

How do you visualize traumatic events with sensitivity?
 

20/7/2016

Wheel of Fortune: Cambodian data journalists visualize the ruling family’s corporate empire

To make data amassed by a new Global Witness report widely accessible, The Phnom Penh Post developed a detailed wheel visualization.
 

10/7/2016

Postal big data: Global flows as proxy indicators for national wellbeing

Using 14 million postal records from 187 countries, researchers demonstrated that postal data can indicate elements of socioeconomic wellbeing.
 

6/7/2016

#IranVotes: A data analysis of Iranian Twitter during the 2016 parliamentary elections

Using network and content analyses of tweets, researchers were able to paint a picture of Iranian political discourse in uncensored places.
 

28/6/2016

Untangling Tennis: A visual and data analytic exploration of success in tennis

Lessons and challenges of using data visualization to explore the relationship between performance and popularity in Tennis.
 

21/6/2016

Crying: Can our tears be parsed?

Robin Weis collected self-data on her crying habits to understand more about the emotions behind the tears.
 

13/6/2016

Obstructed View: What’s blocking New Yorkers from getting tickets

The New York State Attorney General conducted a data analysis to answer the question: why is it so hard to buy a ticket at face value?
 

1/6/2016

Europa Dreaming: Using visual journalism to question the European Dream

Matteo Moretti explains the inspiration behind Europa Dreaming, how the project developed, and the power visual journalism brings to the
 

14/5/2016

Les Gouvernements de Paul Biya: Retracing the 34 years that Cameroon’s president has been in power

Five Cameroonian data journalists take stock of Paul Biya’s 33 governments.
 

2/5/2016

UK Tech Landscape: Where do they Meetup?

Capturing relational and network data from tech Meetup data.
 

30/4/2016

CNN Politics App: Election data at your fingertips

A data driven election platform built specifically for mobile.
 

27/4/2016

The Next Rembrandt: Training a deep learning machine to paint

Pixel by pixel, data scientists created a new Rembrandt work.
 

22/4/2016

ISDS: Uncovering the hidden world of investment arbitration

A data driven look at multinational companies that use arbitration mechanisms for profit.
 

20/4/2016

GitHub Experiment: Mapping the civic tech community

Stefan Baack scraped GitHub to explore the network and community dynamics of data activists.
 

15/4/2016

Get Appy: A data analysis of the Global App Economy

Who is successfully making apps? And in what markets? How do app stores affect value capture and trade? Bryan Pon used data to find out.
 

13/4/2016

EU Integrity Watch: A visual database to promote accountability

A platform from Transparency International that provides easy access to EU politicians’ lobbying data.
 

4/4/2016

Panama Papers: A 2.6 terabyte trove of data on the offshore financial industry

A look at the ICIJ’s data driven approach to the Panama Papers’ investigation.
 

31/3/2016

Beyond the Hashtags: Asking data how #Blacklivesmatter impacted offline conversations

Using three kinds of data, researchers illustrate how digital tools have contributed to the goals of the anti-brutality movement.
 

15/3/2016

Map Me Happy: Another side of Ukraine revealed through data visualization

An international group of volunteers is creating an online map of places in Ukraine where people can feel happiness in the air.
 

14/3/2016

Medicamentalia: A data driven investigation to contextualize global access to medicines

14 medicines, 61 countries. How do they compare?
 

7/3/2016

ConfiscatiBene: From a little map to a Europe-wide data journalism project

Andrea Nelson Mauro explains how a team of data driven individuals conducted an exhaustive investigation into criminal investments seized by EU
 

3/3/2016

The Trachoma Map: Making eye disease visible

SciDevNet and Sightsavers enlisted a public health data visualization to shed light on the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.
 

29/2/2016

La Nación’s Nisman coverage: Using machine learning to identify significant voicemails

How La Nación listened to 20,000 audio files related to the Alberto Nisman case.
 

10/2/2016

Kadincinayetleri.org: Putting femicide on the map

Raising awareness of under-reported violence against women in Turkey through data visualization.
 

5/2/2016

Dive Against Debris: Employing 25,600 scuba divers to collect data

A global citizen science program that trains scuba divers to conduct underwater surveys, generating quantitative data on the debris they see.
 

27/1/2016

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Using visual tools to reveal the human impact of drones

An interactive project that highlights the victims of drone attacks in Pakistan.
 

31/12/2015

LandMark: Safeguarding land rights through community mapping

The first ever global mapping platform that outlines boundaries of indigenous and community lands, as identified by the Peoples themselves.
 

23/12/2015

Roads to Rome: Testing the idiom with data

Do all roads really lead to Rome? Benedikt Groß, Philipp Schmitt, and Raphael Reimann used geospatial analysis and data visualization to find
 

18/12/2015

Missing Migrants Project: Tracking lives lost during migration

This International Migrants Day we took at look at the IOM’s displacement data and tracking projects.
 

16/12/2015

Herointown: Personalizing data on the drug epidemic in New Jersey

A long-form project that uses quantitative and qualitative data to humanize the state’s hidden population of heroin users.
 

9/12/2015

Dear Data: A data visualization project that doesn’t involve a computer

52 weeks of data collected, visualized and transmitted without the aid of digital tools.
 

4/12/2015

Chennai floods map: Crowdsourcing data and crisis mapping for emergency response

A rapid response project that created actionable information on inundation in Chennai.
 

25/11/2015

NarcoData: Contextualizing the Drug War in Mexico

A project by Animal Político and collaborative data journalism platform Poderopedia that simplifies complex data behind Mexico’s failed
 

19/11/2015

Digital Matatus: Smartphones and data visualization to report on transport in Kenya

How crowdsourced data and visualizations helped change daily commutes in Nairobi.
 

11/11/2015

All the lonely people: Where do they all come from?

A closer look at the data behind Craigslist Missed Connections.
 

1/11/2015

Population.io: A visual exploration of demographic data

How long will you live for? Population.io harnesses demographic data to project how your life could play out.
 

20/10/2015

State of Obesity: Using data visualization for public health messaging

Making health information from PDF reports more accessible to the wider public.
 

17/10/2015

Cash Drops and Keystrokes: The New York Times investigates the legality of online sport games

How the New York Times used data to investigate sports betting in the United States.
 

7/10/2015

People’s Republic of Bolzano: Visual journalism bridging community divides

A long-form web based visualization challenges negative public perceptions towards Chinese immigrants in Bolzano, Italy.
 

29/9/2015

KAICIID Peace Map: Visualizing global peace activities with data collected by-hand

Last week, KAICIID launched ‘Peace Map’, a visualization of 400 organizations that work in the peacebuilding field.
 

6/8/2015

Hiroshima: A visualization helping to understand the destructive power of one nuclear bombs

This “Nuke Map” uses principles of comparison and proximity to have an impact, literally.
 

5/8/2015

The Counted: How many people got killed by police, when and where?

The Guardian has introduced a database and special webpage, called “The Counted”. It covers and specifically tracks the people killed by
 

19/6/2015

The Age of Insight: Google News Labs Video on data-driven journalism

What is data journalism (or more precise: data-driven journalism?) What do journalists think about it’s role in the newsroom? Watch this
 

23/9/2013

The Art Market for Dummies: Building a Data-Driven Explainer

French journalist Jean Abbiateci tells us the story behind his award-winning data visualisation Art Market for Dummies.
 

12/9/2013

The Mutually Beneficial Partnership at the Core of Women as Academic Authors

Introducing a promising model for doing data journalism: establishing partnerships between journalists and academic researchers.
 

27/8/2013

Data Journalism in Kenya: Introducing Data Dredger

When journalists learn to make sense of numbers, their audiences make better sense of social development.
 

1/8/2013

The Flight Paths Tracker: How to Monitor and Analyse Air Traffic Above Individual Locations

How Berliner Morgenpost made an interactive app that allows Berlin residents to get customised information about air traffic above a certain
 

29/7/2013

#safeschools – A Data-driven Investigation into Seismic Safety Assessment of Italian Public Schools

How four Italian journalists digged into seismic safety assessment data for Italian public schools and built the ‘map of
 

16/7/2013

How Wired Italy Made the ‘Check Your Hospital’ Interactive Map

Journalist Guido Romeo explains how Wired Italy made Check Your Hospital, the interactive map that enables readers to check mortality rates for
 

12/7/2013

How Europe Lives: An Interactive Map by Süddeutsche Zeitung

Süddeutsche Zeitung Head of Newsroom Wolfgang Jaschensky explains how the interactive map Europa-Atlas, which allows users to explore how
 

10/7/2013

‘No Time for Anger’ - A Reportage on Fukushima Two Years After the Triple Disaster

Behind the scenes at the NZZ’s data-driven reportage into life in the Fukushima region after the triple disaster in March 2011.
 

24/6/2013

InfoAmazonia and Why We Should Talk About Geo-Journalism

How a data journalism project improves the public understanding of the Amazon region by combining news, maps and data about this endangered
 

12/6/2013

Working with Migrants’ Remittances Data: How to Master a Big Project with a Small Team

Swiss journalist David Bauer tells the story behind the data driven project ‘The Incredible Rise of Migrants’ Remittances’.
 

27/5/2013

Behind the Australian Financial Review’s Budget Explorer

The Australian data journalist Edmund Tadros walks us through the creation of the Australian Financial Review’s Budget Explorer.
 

10/5/2013

Behind the Scenes of BBC’s “Most Wanted Global Migrants” Guide

Two journalists behind the project tell us the story of how the idea for the project was born and how the guide was made.
 

16/4/2013

“Is It Really Worth It?” – The Map of Italian Journalists Facing Threats

A data journalism project by three Italian freelance journalists and developers shows the problem of journalists facing threats in Italy.
 

28/3/2013

Migration Coverage Study: National Interests Frame Media Debate

A study of migration coverage around the world reveals media’s framing mechanisms of this political issue, stressing national concerns over
 

1/3/2013

Moldova Launches Website Dedicated to Open Budget Data and Public Spending Stories

BudgetStories.md is an open budget website, which includes infographics, budget data visualizations and analysis of the use of public money in
 

3/12/2012

Real-Time Data Journalism - Hurricane Sandy

John Keefe of WNYC’s Data News team on data-driven projects created for the station’s Hurricane Sandy coverage.
 

26/10/2012

Il Fondo Al Mar: Data Visualisation and Suspicious Sinkings

A collaborative mapping/visualisation project looking at suspicious activity in the Mediterranean Sea.