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The trials and tribulations of data visualization for good

Jake Porway explains that “data visualization without rigorous analysis is at best just rhetoric and, at worst, incredibly harmful.”


UK Govt releases Data Science Ethical Framework

Data science carries both huge opportunity and a duty of care. These new guidelines seek to facilitate innovative and responsible action.


Who will win the upcoming 2016 US presidential election?

Free, reliable prediction data might be able to help you predict the outcomes.


The dataviz pioneer you’ve never heard of

Who is William Mitchell Gillespie and why is he important?


This year’s Data Journalism Awards in 7 visualizations

Today, the Global Editors Network released a shortlist of 63 projects to be considered for the prestigious Data Journalism Awards.


If we want a resilient world, we need to start with resilient data

Innovations in data collection, analysis and visualization provide new angles on environmental issues - so long as the right data is made available.


New initiative calls for a data driven approach to diversity in tech

Diversity strategies in tech are touted as bridging entrenched cultures of discrimination. But do they actually garner results?


Is there a gun in that photo?

Justin Seitz provides a step-by-step guide on how to automatically tag weapons in social media images.


Panama Papers data to be released in May

The ICIJ has just announced that it will make its Panama Papers investigation data freely available via a searchable database.


From Computing Clerks to Androids: Two bits on the material lives of social data in India

Sandeep Mertia looks at the history of data collection in India and how the conditions have changed over time.


Get curious about data: Insights and lessons on how data works

This March the Tow Center launched “The Curious Journalist’s Guide to Data”. We spoke to the author behind this book, Jonathan Stray.


3 Winning ways to use data: A roundup of 2015 IRE Award projects

Finalists and winners of the 2015 IRE Awards have just been announced, and data driven journalism was a recurring theme throughout.


Measuring corruption in Africa: Can data be trusted?

The UN ECA’s most recent African Governance Report challenges the current perception-based approach towards measuring corruption in Africa.


DJA 2016: An award to celebrate the best of data journalism worldwide

The submission deadline is fast approaching for data journalists to enter the oldest international competition of its kind: The Data Journalism Awards.


Mobile first, desktop later: Creating interactives for the small screen

How the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR design mobile-responsive data visualizations.


3 data lessons from Netflix

To curate individual viewing experiences, Netflix applies a myriad of cool data techniques that can be leveraged across all types of data driven work.


Lost in a random forest: Using Big Data to study rare events

Sudden shifts in public opinions on social issues are relatively rare. But when they do occur, treating Big Data well can provide valuable insights.


Parse the presidential nomination to win $1000

Graphicacy is challenging data practitioners to create powerful visualizations using 2016 presidential nomination data.


Happiness can’t be measured…or can it?

Following the release of the 2016 World Happiness Report data, we explored the different modes of measuring subjective matters like happiness.


Data journalism meets UK hyperlocal media: What’s hindering the potential?

Oumaima Azzelzouli explores the challenges and opportunities that data driven journalism presents for the UK’s 408 active hyperlocal sites.


#GE2015: What Twitter’s API revealed about the 2015 UK election debates

Sentiment analyses conducted by researchers at the University of Reading revealed what viewers on Twitter thought about the UK Leader’s debate.


From data basic to data die hard: Check out the EJC’s new online training platform

The European Journalism Centre recently launched LEARNO.NET - a cutting-edge, online video training platform for digital journalists.


Is data journalism for everyone?

A recent study of newsrooms in Finland, the UK and the USA, asked five prominent data journalists their thoughts on who should practice data journalism.


An official mystery: US data on police-related deaths (yet counted by the Guardian)

Harvard-based researchers show that police-related deaths are countable, and explain the public health imperatives behind collecting this kind of data.


4 data resources for journalists reporting on Zika

Last week, the global scientific community responded to a call from WHO to rapidly share data on the Zika virus. We looked at some of the data available.


Measuring ‘hate’ through Google searches

Former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains how Google searches can gauge public sentiment that polls and surveys can’t always measure.


Where but when and why: Deaths of journalism

Kaiser Fung audits three ways journalists’ deaths data has been mapped.


Data journalism’s finest

A study of projects nominated for the Data Journalism Award.


#ThisIsACoup: A Case Study of Data Journalism using Social Media

Wasim Ahmed reflects on his experience using social media data to report on the stringent Greek bailout demands.


African data journalism fund offers $500,000 for investigative projects

Africa’s first data-driven investigative journalism initiative launched this week with $500,000 in grants and technical support.


65536 problems with numbers and your data

Seeing certain numbers in your data can be indicative that there is something wrong with it. Chris Groskopf looks at common red flags.


Ethics in data journalism: Margin of error in Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

Jonathan Stray highlights a straightforward ethical problem that is often ignored: the margin of error in the available data.


Using news reports to measure democracy

Data-driven journalists rely on data to produce news articles. Political scientists, on the other hand, increasingly rely on news articles to produce data.


How to tell if your data has been jeopardized a human

Chris Groskopf demonstrates how you can identify when data has been altered by a human, and common mistakes to look out for.


A data visualization that is invariant to the data

Kaiser Fung explains how design decisions can make or break your data visualization.


An XML miracle (or how to find a Trader Joe’s that sells beer)

Robert Gebeloff looks at how to extract XML data and then convert it to a more Excel-friendly format.


Using Weibo data to predict Shanghai Stock Market results

As China’s largest social network, Weibo provides valuable insights into the Chinese psyche. Does this extend to the Stock Market?


Getting data aggregation right

Sometimes your data are aggregated too much, too little, or to the wrong categories. Chris Groskopf looks at how you can solve these issues.


Big data problems we face today can be traced to the social ordering practices of the 19th century

Two centuries after the first big data revolution, many of the same problems persist down to the present era.


Raw data and the incurious

Kaiser Fung looks at the dangers of plotting elemental data.


All I want for Christmas is some help with my code

Today is your last chance to give back to the data driven community this Christmas by completing a 24 Pull Request.


ITU releases first ever big data standards

A new international standard seeks to implement a set of technical standards that ensure big data can be effectively leveraged in data driven work.


Why mobile data visualization shouldn’t hurt

Some visualizations just don’t work on mobile devices; but, as MozFest 2015 revealed, we shouldn’t be afraid to try.


British intelligence agency releases its map database

The GCHQ has just released its graph repository system on GitHub, under an open-source Apache 2 license.


“Aggressively collaborative”

Helena Bengtsson shows how visualization tools have increased collaborations between data journalists, developers, graphical artists and designers.


Taiwan number one country for open data

The newly released 2015 Open Data Index has ranked Taiwan’s government data the most open, and countries like Syria, Libya and Myanmar the most closed.


Punk or not, in data journalism, it’s the information that’s vital

In punk, using only three chords, you are good to go; and for Simon Rogers, Google’s Data Editor, the same goes for data journalism.


Availability of data for gender analysis has increased

Because more countries are conducting household surveys, the majority of them can produce data disaggregated by sex for basic indicators, but is this enough?


Disability-inclusive data journalism: can it exist?

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is all about inclusion, and yet data on disability is notoriously hard to find.


The story of a transformation, in three years

Mirko Lorenz spoke to Julius Tröger from Berliner Morgenpost about working with data in a smaller newsroom and his road to success.


COP21: Three ways data can combat climate change compassion fatigue

Will COP21 have any impact on the way the public engages with climate change? Can data journalism change this?


How data can help INFORM humanitarian journalism

The 2016 INFORM Index results and data were released today. We took a closer look at how INFORM can be used to report on disaster risk.


New data mining initiative uses students’ browsing history to improve medical reporting

This month, DocGraph released Batea - a browser extension that mines clinical reference URLs from students to improve public health information.


Data enriched research, data enhanced impact: The importance of UK data infrastructure

Matthew Woollard discusses the importance of UK data infrastructure and how the systematic management and sharing of research data benefit the public.


Data journalism and ethics: What does the industry say?

To help data journalists uphold industry standards, the world’s largest database of media codes was launched this week.


New portal expedites access to open government data across Europe

This week, the European Commission launched the European Data Portal - a searchable gateway for public data in multiple languages.


How researchers created a journalism tool by scraping data from science journals

Using data extraction and analysis to create tools for other forms of journalism - not just the reporting itself.


What is the best way for journalists to learn D3.js?

Mirko Lorenz interviews Scott Murray, author of “Interactive Data Visualization for the Web”, about his experience teaching D3.js.


A vaccine against that anti-data journalism brain

Data and journalism are traditionally not seen as friends – and often as foes. But, in an increasingly data rich world, this attitude is no longer sustainable.


Al Jazeera launches an Arabic translation of The Data Journalism Handbook

This week, Al Jazeera launched an Arabic edition of The Data Journalism Handbook as a part of the channel’s 19th anniversary celebrations.


Comparison of Twitter APIs and tools for analyzing Tweets related to the Ebola Virus Disease

What is the best way to retrieve Twitter data? Wasim Ahmed looked at this question by studying Ebola-related tweets.


Are you sure about those numbers? An application of Bayesian methods to MSF child mortality rates

New research reveals how advanced statistical methods can mitigate data shortcomings.


“Open Data” + Journalism = ?

Jonathan Stoneman assesses the true impact of open data on the news agenda, and on journalism itself.


Hack hunger with data this World Food Day

World Food Day 2015 marks a decade of collecting data on hunger. We looked at how the data driven community can leverage it to fight famine.


Spanish-only version of NICAR-L launched today

Got a data question? IRE’s NICAR-L email forum connects community members to help. And now its available in Spanish.


Using open data? Put yourself on the map

The Center for Open Data Enterprise is developing an interactive map to advance the use of open data - and they need your help.


How does Amazon’s QuickSight launch benefit journalists?

This week, Amazon launched QuickSight, a cloud-based tool to help businesses visualize their data. We looked at how it might help tell data driven stories.


What gets measured gets done: The importance of data in achieving development progress

A new report by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund highlights the importance and challenges of surveying development data.


Data Journalists respond to Obama’s gun control challenge

Following last week’s Oregon shooting, we complied a round up of three different ways journalists visualized gun violence in America.


AP to include Data Journalism Best Practices in 2017 Stylebook

This week, AP announced a renewed commitment to data driven journalism through the help of a $400,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


What value does Facebook’s Signal add to the data driven community?

Hype has been rife in the media community this week after the launch of Facebook’s social surfacing and curation tool, Signal.


Paul Bradshaw’s ‘Data Journalism Heist’ now available in Spanish

With the Spanish-language release of Paul Bradshaw’s ‘Data Journalism Heist’ this week, more journalists than ever will be able to find…


Code for Africa get’s 4,7 million grant to extend data-driven projects

Initiative plans to extend work to number of African countries - based on financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Data Journalism Awards 2015: Winners

A list of all the projects with links to see the work.


Speaking in tongues

Given the many languages spoken in EU member countries translations play a so far mainly unmeasured role on how and when topics are noted, understood and…


GEN Data Journalism Awards Shortlist 2015 is out

The Global Editors Network (GEN) released the shortlist for the 2015 Data Journalism Awards. Out of 482 submissions the pre-jury singled out 78 projects.


The School of Data Journalism in Perugia 2015: Join us for panels and trainings

The European Journalism Centre, Open Knowledge and the International Journalism Festival are pleased to announce the 4th edition of Europe’s biggest…


Data Journalism for Small Newsrooms

This is a report from the second panel session at the School of Data Journalism, and is about producing data journalism content in small teams.


The Basics of Interactive Storytelling with Mariana Santos

A report from the third workshop at the School of Data Journalism, led by Mariana Santos, Interactive Designer and Knight International Journalism Fellow.


From Idea to Story: Planning the Data Journalism Story

Why do data journalism at all? Steve Doig believes that data journalism allows journalists to go beyond anecdotes, and base their stories on evidence.


2014: The Year in Data Journalism

Trends in data journalism from around the world were highlighted in a day of workshops and presentations at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.


School of Data Journalism 2014: The Storify Summary

In Perugia, the School of Data Journalism dove into the vast world of data. Here is a look back at three days of intensive learning and debates.


Announcing the School of Data Journalism 2014 in Perugia

The School of Data Journalism will be hosted in Perugia from April 30th to May 4th, 2014, as part of the International Journalism Festival.


What I Learned at NICAR 2014: Data Journalism is Mainly Journalism

The third and final installment in a series on takeaways from the NICAR 2014 conference, featuring specific case studies.


What I Learned at NICAR 2014: New Ideas – Cool Things People Are Doing With Data

More takeaways from the NICAR 2014 conference: New ideas, tools in progress, useful Twitter bots, and more.


What I Learned at NICAR 2014: Apps, Tips, and Sites

Takeaways from the NICAR 2014 conference: New skills, new ideas, and studies of what people have done in the past 12 months.


Brazilian Portuguese Edition of the Data Journalism Handbook Published

Announcing the translation of the Data Journalism Handbook into Brazilian Portuguese.


Training the Journalists of Tomorrow: The Data Journalism MA at Tilburg University

Continuing with our series on data journalism education, we talk to Stefania Milan, coordinator of the first Data Journalism MA in the Netherlands.


The Data Journalism Handbook Comes to Ukrainian Journalists

Announcing the fifth translation of the Data Journalism Handbook, into Ukrainian.


New Translation of the Data Journalism Handbook to Support Journalists in Georgia

The publication is part of an effort to enable more journalists in Georgia to use data to enhance their reporting.


Verification Handbook: Supporting News Journalists and Aid Responders for Emergency Coverage

In the era of smartphones and social networks, journalists must be able to rapidly and reliably verify information in the wake of a disaster.


A Fundamental Way Data Repositories Must Change

Nicolas Kayser-Bril on the dangers of relying on corrupted or manipulated data and what statistics bureaus and journalists should do when dealing with…


Data Journalism Handbook Creators Announce Free Online Data Journalism Course

Announcing European Journalism Centre’s free online data journalism course ‘Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools’.


Journalists as Tool Makers: Columbia’s Dual Journalism & Computer Science Degree

For the second interview in our series on data journalism university degrees around the world, we interviewed Mark Hansen, Professor of Journalism at Columbia…


The Data Journalism Handbook Now Available in Czech

Announcing the Czech edition of the ‘bible’ of data journalism, The Data Journalism Handbook.


How Spain’s First Data Journalism MA Came to Life

Marcos García Rey tells us about his experience of setting up a data journalism MA in Spain, in the first episode of a series following similar initiatives…


The Media Party in Buenos Aires: The Biggest Hacks/Hackers Meetup Ever

The second edition of the Buenos Aires hack fest brought together some of the biggest figures in data journalism, civic hacking and graphic design.


The Data Journalism Handbook Now Available in French!

The third translation of The Data Journalism Handbook, into French, is now out!


New Book for Aspiring Data Journalists: ‘Getting Started with Data Journalism’

With this book, Claire Miller hopes to bridge the gap between the growing interest in data journalism and journalists’ lack of skills in this field.


Introducing Fact Tank: An Interview with Pew Research Center President Alan Murray

Pew Research Center president Alan Murray tells us how the Center’s new data journalism platform works and why it was created.