Navigate the murky waters of FOI requests.

Afrobarometer Online Data Analysis

Analyze data on Africa in six simple steps.


A quick and simple tool to batch query Google.

Lahman R Package

A resource to easily pull baseball stats.

Terrain Tiles

A global dataset providing basemap elevation coverage, tiled for easy usage.


A video dataset of unprecedented scale and diversity.

Advocacy Assembly

Learn to use data for social good.

CSV Lint

Double check your CSV file’s readability.


Add texture to your data visualizations.


R Interface to the Federal Reserve Economic Data API.


An open source network visualization and analysis tool for non-tech users.


Historical economic data and Forex charts.

Web VR Starter Kit

Create virtual reality scenes in seconds.


Retrieve and archive Twitter data.


A tree map visualization tool for hierarchical data.

Quartz Index

A collection of metrics on the global economy, launched this week.


Location based social media.


A repository of data on legal complaints and requests for the removal of online materials.

Google Earth Landsat 8 Imagery

This week, Google updated its Earth tool with fresh imagery from Landsat 8.


Scrape websites visually.


A visualization app for Asian Development Bank data.

A resource to enable statistics driven journalism.

Net Data Directory

A new, free database of organisations that hold data on a broad range of Internet-related topics.

iScience Maps

A free tool for researching Twitter content.


A tool for using word clouds in journalism.


A jQuery plotting and chart plugin.


What does a poem look like?


A platform for opening up research outputs across Europe.

UN-Habitat Urban Data Portal

Free and open access to data about countries and cities around the globe.


A command line tool to help streamline election coverage.


Share and sync data.

OSM Borders Directory

Country, region and city boundary data from OpenStreetMap.


A Python library to help develop new natural language processing approaches.


A web-based data management system for displacement data.

Discover and share code examples.


Datamatic is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to create complex, interactive infographics and data visualizations. We spoke to the project’s Founder & Developer, Jaroslav Benc, to find out more.

Searchable Map Template

Put your data on a searchable, filterable map.


A suite of free tools to help you interpret maps.


A tool to immersively present your data driven stories.


A C library for multilingual street address parsing and normalization.


Generate and refine palettes of optimally distinct colors.

Earthdata Search

A simple search tool that puts NASA’s extensive repository of earth science data and information at your fingertips.


An online analysis tool for global poverty monitoring.

Collect Earth

A Java-based tool that facilitates data collection from Google Earth.


Leverage 15 million data points on democracy and 39 democracy-related indices.

YouTube Downloader

A scraping tool specifically designed to grab metrics from YouTube.


Open-source machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks.

Power BI

Launched this week in beta mode, Microsoft’s Power BI allows you to export live-updating visualizations to the web.


A Drupal-based, open-source data warehousing, visualization, and mapping tool.


Web tools for budding data practitioners.


Create customizable SVG map visualizations for the web.

We Feel

An online portal that conducts sentiment analyses of tweets.

Mapzen Search

A browser-based app that converts geodata to addresses, and vice versa.


Create Landsat 8 composites from your browser.

Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR)

A tool that harnesses artificial intelligence to mine tweets in humanitarian crises.


Visually explore complex datasets.

Tik Tok

A Javascript tool that enables you to easily create mobile-friendly, vertical timelines.


Search, analyze and cull huge volumes of text or documents.

Investigative Dashboard

A tool that helps journalists follow the money, and expose illicit networks across borders.


A free tool for exploring world stats.


Turn documents into data.


A flexible mapping engine, designed for real-time rendering of 2D and 3D maps.


Turn data into beautiful, interactive visualizations on your iPad.


Network overview, discovery and exploration for Microsoft Excel.


A Google Chrome browser extension for scraping data. lets you explore facets of datasets quickly. Mirko Lorenz interviewed its creator, Adil Yalcin, to find out more.

Iframe Scaffolder

Quickly arrange several iframes or URLs to create interactive multi-screen visualizations

Instantly convert webpages into tables of data and create tailored APIs to suit your story

Databits: A New Approach to Build a Community for Data Experts

This new site aims to become a community where data experts can upload and showcase their work, based on an invitation system. Another goal is to pose challenges for data work, in collaboration with the community or external organizations.

In-game player movements tracker

This is notable: as big leagues install new tracking systems providing rich data for sports games, a new of scene-by-scene reporting will become more widely available. Here is a brief overview plus a link to a Python script to extract such data from the…

Mapping in the classroom

A white paper from Carto DB provides an overview on how to teach cartography in schools and universities - in disciplines where mapping would have been too complicated just a few years ago.

Tabula 1.0 released: Tool helps to extract data from PDFs

Many sources release data only in the PDF format - which is causing considerable trouble for data extraction. The free and easy Tabula helps to get the numbers back into readable and usable formats.

Use flowcharts to avoid getting stuck in data journalism projects

Writing stories is not easy, but well understood. When reporting from data though it is quite common to get stuck. To avoid this create a flowchart for your particular project - as an overview and a means to communicate your goals to others.

Creative maps, drawn by hand

Extending the creative options to visualize space

Speaking in tongues

In most newsrooms and press offices translation is a by-product of daily work. For sure this has an effect on how we perceive, understand and consider topics. Is there a need for new professional roles? Jessica Mariani researched the topic in a PhD thesis.

The Slicer: Cutting Pivot Table Data to Size

Abbott Katz confronts Excel’s pivot tables once more, with two tricks that promise to resolve some of the tool’s shortcoming.

Hate Spreadsheets Formulas? Meet Drag and Drop Data Analysis Tool ‘QueryTree’

Daniel Thompson, the developer behind the data analysis tool QueryTree explains how the tool can help make data analysis simpler.

The ProPublica Nerd Blog Presents: Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics

ProPublica’s Lena Groeger explains eight principles that guide the investigative journalism outlet’s news apps and graphics design.

Groupthink: Grouping Values in Excel Pivot Tables

Abbott Katz returns with tips for how to group latitudes and longitudes into workable intervals with Excel pivot tables.

A Super-Simple Tool to Search Instagram by Time and Location

Al Shaw presents a new ProPublica app that allows users to search for photos on Instagram by location and time.

Getting to Know your Dataset with the OpenRefine Facets

Learn to use OpenRefine’s faceting options as a way to explore and get to know your data better.

Using the OpenCorporates API to Map Company Information

Tony Hirst looks back at nine months of OpenCorporates API experimentation and delivers his impressions of the tool’s use for company data search.

DDJSchool Tutorial: How to Create Maps with QGIS

Data visualisation expert Gregor Aisch explains how to create a simple map, using QGIS and the Tour de France stations of the last 100 years.

DDJSchool Tutorial: How to Analyse Datasets with Tableau Public

Data visualisation expert Gregor Aisch explains how to analyse datasets with Tableau Public at the School of Data Journalism 2013 in Perugia.

DDJSchool Tutorial: How to Create Charts with Datawrapper

Data visualisation expert Gregor Aisch explains how to create simple charts quickly with Datawrapper.

A Survival Guide for Data Visualisation

Data visualization guidelines by expert Gregor Aisch, straight from the School of Data Journalism at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

Social Network Analysis for Journalists Using the Twitter API

A tutorial by Michael Bauer, straight from the School of Data Journalism at the International Journalism Festival.

Using Excel to Do Precision Journalism

A tutorial, courtesy of Pulitzer winner Steve Doig, straight from the School of Data Journalism at the International Journalism Festival.

Setting the Record(s) Straight: Dealing with Bad Data

How to ensure the integrity of your data? Abbott Katz presents three data integrity issues and the clues to solve them.

Tech Tips: Making Sense of JSON Strings – Follow the Structure

Tony Hirst explains the structure of JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) strings, a format that enables data to be easily collected and parsed.

Color Theory and Mapping

How do the colors of a map affect how it is read and perceived? Miranda Mulligan explains the theory and provides some clues and tips.

Grabbing Twitter Search Results into Google Refine and Exporting Conversations into Gephi

Tony Hirst proposes a recipe for visualising Twitter conversations around hashtags using Gephi and Google Refine.

Visualising Twitter Friend Connections Using Gephi: An Example Using the @WiredUK Friends Network

A new tutorial courtesy of Tony Hirst. And, this time: how to visualise your Twitter network using Gephi.

Tips for Searching Online

A list of links and tips for how to use the web as a reporting tool by BBC’s Jonathan Stoneman, from the computer-assisted reporting conference NICAR 2013.

How to Make a Map with Google Fusion Tables

A new post from Simon Rogers, with, this time, a Fusion Tables tutorial, courtesy of Google’s very own Kathryn Hurley.

Geocoding Using the Google Maps Geocoder via OpenRefine

Tony Hirst gives a detailed tutorial in which he explains how to geocode using OpenRefine.

Borders and Boundaries: 16 Google Fusion Border Files for You to Use

Simon Rogers shares his collection of Google Fusion border files. For your convenience.

Adding Value(s) to Your Spreadsheet: Turning Text Data into Numbers?

Excel instructor Abbott Katz provides valuable advice on how to transform text into data.

Data-Driven Documents, Defined

A D3 tutorial for beginners by Scott Murray.

When Should I Use Logarithmic Scales in my Charts and Graphs?

A post by Forbes contributor Naomi Robbins on logarithms, when to use logarithmic charts and how to do it.