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Archive for January 2013

Data journalism and James Cameron: a world of questions

Anybody who’s seen any of my talks knows I always quote James Cameron at some point – and you can see a quote from him on my home page. This piece is about that quote. James Cameron is the journalist who reported from Korea and Vietnam and more war zones than you could name. The child … Continue reading

Is the ONS really open data?

There’s an interesting piece on the O’Reilly Radar blog this week by Alex Howard on the state of UK open data. Based on a recent report (warning: PDF) by Deloitte’s for the Open Data Institute. It’s interesting because it paints a state of the nation which – according to a blogpost by researcher Harvey Lewis … … Continue reading

Gallery: new images from Facts are Sacred

Just seen the proofs for Facts are Sacred, out in April – these are some of Kari Pedersen’s amazing designs

Borders and boundaries: 16 Google Fusion border files for you to use

I’ve been building up a collection of border files for us to use in Google Fusion table maps – and these are the key ones. You can download these as KML files or as CSVs. Or merge them with your data. If you have a shp file you what to convert to Google Fusion tables … Continue reading

How to make a map with Google Fusion tables

The workshop below was written by Kathryn Hurley at Google and is a brilliant guide to how to get started with Fusion tables.  Fusion Tables is a modern data management web application making it easy to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online. Follow the steps below to upload your own data … Continue reading

Data journalism: 22 key links

I have been teaching basic data journalism for a while now – and these links are so useful I keep them with me every time. I will add and update these in the future too Free and simple viz tools Datawrapper: http://datawrapper.de/ CartoDB: good alternative to Fusion Tables Google charts via spreadsheets Mapping: Google Fusion … Continue reading

A data journalism workflow

First published on Guardian Data Before a dataset results in a data journalism story, there’s a whole process of sifting and finessing and generally sorting the data out. The split is roughly 70% tidying up the data, 30% doing the fun stuff of visualising and presenting it. So, how do we get through that 70%? … Continue reading

Mapping a disaster

This piece was first published on Source The project: Verified Sandy Events Map When a big crisis happens, the first thing to disappear is often a sense of perspective: what’s really going on, where is it happening and how bad is it? Sitting in London, 3,500 miles away from events, it felt like that for … Continue reading

How to put girls off from all forms of programming/tech by Emma der Mulqueeny

How to put girls off from all forms of programming/tech by Emma der Mulqueeny.

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

This is a chord… this is another… this is a third. NOW FORM A BAND So went the first issue of British punk fanzine Sideburns in 1977 in the “first and last part in a series”. It might be 35 years old, but this will do nicely as a theory of data journalism in 2012. … Continue reading

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