What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from February 4 to 10 finds exciting releases with a document analysis tool by @ICIJorg and an audio-driven visualization tool by @f_l_o_u_r_i_s_h, while @kloopnews highlights domestic labor imbalance in Kyrgyzstan and @davidottewell emphasizes that data journalism is not just for nerds in a corner.
Datashare Document Analysis Tool
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) just released an open source app called Datashare. This document analysis tool is powerful enough to search PDFs, images, texts, spreadsheets, slides and more to find people, companies and locations. ICIJ welcomes feedback on the app, which is still in beta.
We're releasing https://t.co/TXpT2mcyj3 today with @ICIJorg! It's in beta so we take feedback and contributions. It is made by dev team @annelhote, @bam_thomas and @pirhoo. Read @WillFitzgibbon's story with Datashare here: https://t.co/PJ0xaxnN2A
— Soline Ledésert (@SolineLedesert) February 5, 2019
Interactive Visualization Talkies
Flourish just released an interesting new feature that allows you to create audio-driven interactive visualizations. Or, as its creators like to call it — talkies! Not sure what we’re yapping on about? Check out Flourish’s example and happy exploring!
— Pınar Dağ FirthⓋ (@pinardag) February 8, 2019
Domestic Labor Imbalance
In Kyrgyzstan, domestic work is unequally distributed in the family. Women spend threefold more time handling chores compared to men, which reduces their available time for work and education. Investigative center Kloop visualizes this data in a video fashioned after a video game. (In Russian).
Домашним неоплачиваемым трудом в Кыргызстане в основном занимаются женщины — они тратят на это в три раза больше времени, чем мужчины. Это мешает кыргызстанкам учиться, работать и вносить свой вклад в экономику страны.https://t.co/KP2s0yZgJN pic.twitter.com/g5jj0DXA1i
— Kloop (@kloopnews) February 8, 2019
Not Just Nerds in a Corner
David Ottewell, head of The Reach’s data unit, talks to Interhacktives about data journalism. He shares his ideas on valuable data sources and emphasizes the importance of data journalism being a fundamental part of general journalistic output, and not just done by “nerds in a corner.”
— Pavan Mahal (@pavan_mahal) February 10, 2019
Tying Local Newsrooms to Data
The Associated Press recently shared some results of its collective data empowerment project to connect local newsrooms with vetted, story-rich data. The data, which is shared on the collaborative platform data.world, saw 1,400 downloads from 300 local newsrooms in 2018. More details here.
Wonderful what @AP is doing with its https://t.co/HO7XqK286I initiative. It's helping provide data for newsrooms that wouldn't have access or ability to analyze it. Creates value, teaches newsrooms new skills. All around great stuff. https://t.co/PTk0aYHb2p pic.twitter.com/6EvY0DnpoF
— David Arkin (@david_arkin) February 5, 2019
Comparing Winters in Germany
How extreme is this winter season compared to past years? WAZ visualizes the amount of snow in Germany since 1960 and retraces the coldest winters on record in the country. (In German).
Spannendes Kartenmaterial! Ist dieser Winter eigentlich normal? ❄️🌨️
Alle Winter seit 1960 im Vergleich. ☃️
— Sören-Kristian Berger (@SKB_Geo) February 9, 2019
Data Literacy Versus Visual Literacy
“Let’s be real: most people don’t want to look at a page full of bar charts.” Data designer Benjamin Cooley makes the distinction between data literacy and visual literacy, and advocates for data visualization practitioners to go beyond data literacy and challenge themselves to make visualizations more interesting and accessible for audiences.
— JasonForrest (@Jasonforrestftw) January 30, 2019
EIJC19/Dataharvest Call for Ideas
Feb. 15 is the last day for you to suggest ideas for speakers, panels, tools and talks for the European Investigative Journalism & Dataharvest Conference, which will take place in Mechelen, Belgium from May 16 to 19, 2019.
What would you like to share with peers this year in May?
Whom would you like to hear speak this year in May?
What would you like to learn?
Which colleague(s) work has made a deep impression on you?
— Brigitte Alfter (@Hackette7) February 9, 2019
Open Data Day
Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data worldwide and this year, it will be held on March 2. Check opendataday.org for events in your area. Can’t find one? Anyone is welcome to host their own open data event. Data Journalism in Turkey will host one at Kadir Has University; those interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org. (In Turkish).
— Açık Veri Gazeteciliği PlatformuTR (@DagmedyaVeri) January 25, 2019
DataViz Training with Fragapane
If you’re a fan of award-winning information designer Federica Fragapane’s beautiful data visualizations, here’s a chance to learn from her in a hands-on two-day workshop in Utrecht, Netherlands. Priced at €549, the workshop will cover a wide range of topics from designing elegance to data sculpture. Check out her portfolio here.
Join @fedfragapane in April in Utrecht for a two day training in dataviz. We will focus on the design of a visual narrative and the refinement phase (visual details, stylistic touches and testing the dataviz).https://t.co/kHoLxpBIqx pic.twitter.com/cBZko04mWC
— GraphicHunters (@GraphicHunters) February 5, 2019
Eunice Au is GIJN’s program coordinator. Previously, she was a Malaysia correspondent for Singapore’s The Straits Times, and a journalist at the New Straits Times. She has also written for The Sun, Malaysian Today and Madam Chair.