New data journalism resources released for Russia and Central Asia


The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Istanbul Regional Hub has published a Data Journalism Manual on its Open Data in Europe and Central Asia (ODECA) platform in English and Russian. The ODECA initiative supports government representatives, civil society activists, tech activists and citizens that care about and work with open data.

The manual is the basis of a 500-hour training program being rolled out in several universities and journalism training institutes in the region. The content is designed to instill the skills and level of data literacy necessary to produce both short data stories on a deadline as well as longer in-depth system stories that explain underlying development challenges facing the region through data and digital storytelling. The audience for the manual are data journalists seeking to teach skills to others and journalism instructors seeking to grow in the area of data journalism.

The manual balances the theory and principles of public service data journalism through five modules, which look at the technology for data gathering, analysis and visualization through a series of labs. Content concentrates on how public interest data from regional countries can be used to counteract corruption and mismanagement, and foster governmental transparency and accountability at both the national and regional level. The manual is based on my data journalism training programs around the world. Anastasia Valeeva localized the manual for a Russian audience.

So far, the manual has been used to report on the dangers of pregnancy in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan's business climate, cancer rates in Albania - to name a few.

The manual grew out of UNDP’s experience working with data, which has shown that for higher impact,  information needs to be disseminated in a way that reaches larger parts of population. Media are a key in achieving the these desired outcomes through open data work. Data driven journalism strives to reach new levels of service delivery for the public: helping citizens, civil society and politicians make evidence-based decisions to accelerate development in their communities.

For questions or to get involved please use the ODECA contact page.

Read the Data Journalism Manual here.