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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.


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 time.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 polls.


Lost Cause: Seeing America through the losing candidates

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


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.


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 compiled.


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.


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.


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

Using computational journalism to overcome Election 2016 information overload.


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

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


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.


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 and refugees.


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.


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.


Choice and Chance: 3D walkthrough of the Orlando Shooting

How do you visualize traumatic events with sensitivity?


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.


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.


#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.


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.


Crying: Can our tears be parsed?

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


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?


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 migration story.


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.


UK Tech Landscape: Where do they Meetup?

Capturing relational and network data from tech Meetup data.


CNN Politics App: Election data at your fingertips

A data driven election platform built specifically for mobile.


The Next Rembrandt: Training a deep learning machine to paint

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


ISDS: Uncovering the hidden world of investment arbitration

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


GitHub Experiment: Mapping the civic tech community

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


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.


EU Integrity Watch: A visual database to promote accountability

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


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.


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.


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.


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

14 medicines, 61 countries. How do they compare?


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 Countries.


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.


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 Putting femicide on the map

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


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.


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.


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.


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 out.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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 drug war.


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

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


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

A closer look at the data behind Craigslist Missed Connections.

1/11/2015 A visual exploration of demographic data

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


State of Obesity: Using data visualization for public health messaging

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 police and…


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 brief video…


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.


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.


Data Journalism in Kenya: Introducing Data Dredger

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


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 location in…


#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 ignorance’.


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 over 1.000…


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 Europeans live…


‘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.


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 territory.


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’.


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.


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.


“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.


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 global ones.


Moldova Launches Website Dedicated to Open Budget Data and Public Spending Stories is an open budget website, which includes infographics, budget data visualizations and analysis of the use of public money in Moldova.


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.


Il Fondo Al Mar: Data Visualisation and Suspicious Sinkings

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


NYPD Stop and Frisk Data for You

In the “show your work” ethos, John Keefe makes available the data behind the NYPR map of NYPD stop and frisks by block. Download and explore…


Case Study: The Eurozone Meltdown

Visual journalist Sarah Slobin explains how the Wall Street Journal covered the Eurozone meltdown in a compelling piece of data-driven visual journalism.


Data Journalism Awards Featured Winner: Terrorists for the FBI

Mother Jones exposes the driving force behind the terrorist conspiracy plots in the U.S. as part of an award-winning 18-month investigation.


Message Machine: When Are 190 Emails Like Six Emails?

A look at the story behind ProPublica’s Message Machine, a project which examines how campaigns are increasingly personalising their messages and…


Case Study: A 9 Month Investigation into European Structural Funds

A look at how data was used by the Financial Times and the BIJ to check if money was put to good use in the European Structural Funds programme.


Data Journalism Awards Worthy Mention - Bus Subsidies in Argentina

A look at the story behind one of the projects that received an honorable mention at the first edition of the Data Journalism Awards.


Data Journalism Awards featured winner - Transparent Politics

Presenting an award-winning news app that gives Swiss citizens the possibility to track what the politicians they elected vote for, and compare their number…


Data Journalism Awards featured winner: Riot Rumours

The life cycle of a Twitter rumour. Did Twitter cause the 2011 UK riots? The Guardian investigates.


Patrie Galere: Shedding light on Italy’s prisons’ death toll

Journalist Jacopo Ottaviani created an interactive map to understand where and how 1,000 inmates died in Italian prisons in the last ten years.


DJA nominee of the day: Where Are You on the Global Pay Scale?

The application developed by the BBC News data team allows users to compare their individual wage to the average across the world and gain some perspective.


DJA nominee of the day: Methadone and the Politics of Pain

Can data journalism and good investigative work dealing with healthcare issues have a meaningful impact on communities and public policy?


DJA nominee of the day: 2011 Illinois School Report Cards

How to present government data in an interesting, useful and easy to understand manner showcased by the Chicago Tribune’s news app, nominated for…


DJA nominee of the day: Verokuitti

What would your individual tax receipt from the government look like? The Finnish project Verokuitti has the answer.


DJA nominee of the day: Pedestrian Crashes in Novosibirsk 2011

Investigating road safety in the Russian city of Novosibirsk through interactive maps and timelines.


Interactive map visualizes Mexico’s drug war

Coder and data enthusiast Diego Valle-Jones developed an interactive map that tracks drug war-related homicides in Mexico.


Inside the Academy: L.A. Times investigates the demographics of Oscars’ voters

The Los Angeles Times dived into an investigation to identify the age, gender and race of the members making up the famous Academy of Motion Picture Arts…


Investigating England’s summer of disorder: The Guardian’s ‘Reading the Riots’ project

The Guardian’s ‘Reading the Riots’ is a multimedia project that applies data journalism in order to try to understand the reasons and individual…


‘Top Secret America’ - A Washington Post investigation

On July 19, 2010 The Washington Post published the first story in a new series exploring the Top Secret world created in response to the terrorist attacks…


A look inside the EU budget and what the numbers mean (Guardian Data Blog)

As part of their Europa series, the Guardian Data Blog recently posted an article about the EU Budget, focusing mainly on what the EU spends and where…


How Spending Stories spots errors in public spending

How public funds should be spent is often controversial. Information about how that money has already been spent should not be ambiguous at all. People…


How the LRA Crisis Tracker helps prevent atrocities in Africa

Since 2009, Invisible Children and Resolve have been working together on the LRA Crisis Tracker; a project that makes information about attacks by the…


‘The English allotment lottery’ (Guardian Data Blog)

The Guardian DataBlog published an article on 10 November 2011 about allotment waiting lists based on data gathered from hundreds of Councils in the United…