Data Journalism’s Top Ten

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Sept 4 to 10 has @FastCoDesign bringing the #EndtheRainbow argument to the fore, @puddingviz analyzing driving times to abortion clinics in the US and @nsuwatch dissecting a trial involving a German terrorist organization by the numbers.

On the Ethics of Web Scraping and Data Journalism

Web scraping is a way to extract information presented on websites. As I explained it in the first installment of this article, web scraping is used by many companies. It’s also a great tool for reporters who know how to code, since more and more public institutions publish their data on their websites.
With web scrapers, which are also called “bots,” it’s possible to gather large amounts of data for stories. But what are the ethical rules that reporters have to follow while web scraping?