The First Translation of The Data Journalism Handbook Is Out!


Less than five months after the release of the English version of The Data Journalism Handbook, we are very pleased to announce that the first translation, into Russian, has now been released. The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open-source book that aims to help journalists use data to improve journalism. It provides inspiring examples from news organisations across the world and a collection of tips and techniques from leading journalists, professors, software developers, and data analysts for how to get started with data journalism.

The translation is produced by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti and is a great resource for the Russian-speaking community interested in this emerging field.


Screenshot from the online Russian edition of The Data Journalism Handbook

Over the past few months there has been great interest in translating and localising the book by NGOs and media organisations around the world. So far over four hundred people have approached us regarding translations in over 40 languages – which is testimony to the demand that there is for a resource like this, and to the value of the contributions we’ve had. Adapted versions of the book are being discussed in several places. The idea of an Ibero-American Data Journalism Handbook was first born at a media event in August in Buenos Aires. A French localised translation of the book is also in the making.

The first English version of the book was made freely available online in April. It was subsequently published by O’Reilly Media in hardcopy and ebook format in July. The book is the result of an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism's leading advocates and best practitioners - including from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, Pro Publica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others. The project is coordinated by the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Both the original English version and the Russian translation are freely available online under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which means that they can be freely downloaded, shared and built upon. The Russian version of The Data Journalism Handbook can be found at the Library section of RIA Novosti’s Corporate Training Centre. The English version can be found at datajournalismhandbook.org.

We hope that this translation will be useful for the Russian-speaking community. If you use the Russian edition of the handbook we’d love to hear how you get on.