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In October, 2010, during the Personal Democracy Forum in Barcelona, several investigative journalists explained how they managed to uncover corruption using network analysis. One of them, Dejan Milovac, wrote a story about a construction project on the Montenegrin coastline. He deconstructed the financial networks around the resort, and showed how local politicians were involved in an enterprise that was ostensibly going against all environmental rules. Below is the image illustrating result of the investigation: This diagram holds some margin for improvement, beginning with readability. What’s more, the relationships exposed in this investigation could be useful to other journalists working on similar subjects. Influence Networks: The six degrees of investigative journalism
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Every journalist needs to know about data. It is not just the preserve of the investigative journalist but can – and should – be used by reporters writing for local papers, magazines, the consumer and trade press and for online publications. Think about crime statistics, government spending, bin collections, hospital infections and missing kittens and tell me data journalism is not relevant to your title. Blog Archive » 10 things every journalist should know about data
Photo by Dan Nguyen/ProPublica Our Dollars for Docs news application lets readers search pharmaceutical company payments to doctors. We’ve written a series of how-to guides explaining how we collected the data. Most of the techniques are within the ability of the moderately experienced programmer. The most difficult-to-scrape site was actually a previous Adobe Flash incarnation of Eli Lilly’s disclosure site.
How to: get started in data journalism using Google Fusion Tables | How to succeed in journalism An intensity map showing the population density for different ethnic groups in Texas What is it?Google Fusion Tables allows users to create data visualisations such as maps, charts, graphs and timelines. You can see five great examples of data journalism using Google Fusion Tables here. "Google Fusion is easy", claimed James Ball data journalist from the Guardian investigations team and former chief data analyst for Bureau of Investigative Journalism, during a recent talk. "You would say that", I thought.
How do you choose the best settings for exporting your video, after you have edited it? I remember how confusing this was for me when I started working with Web video several years ago. With the slower computers we had back then, I would wait for what seemed like forever while exporting a small 2-minute video — only to have it come out looking horrible. Then I would change the export settings, using whatever information I had to base decisions on, and then go through the process again. Journalists' Toolkit
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The man behind the Norway bombings and shootings wrote a link-filled manifesto. To show the vast spread of websites he cites, and how they linked to each other, Guardian News turned to French visualisers Linkfluence. This map shows those relationships between sites. To appear on it does not make anyone responsible for Breivik's actions. Rather it shows how a conspiracist mind can twist perfectly normal stories into a threatening and dangerous pattern. For each site on the map, you click the dot to go there directly - and it then illuminates all links to other sites.
With more and more civic data becoming available and accessible, the challenge grows for policy makers and citizens to leverage that data for better decision-making. It is often difficult to understand context and perform analysis. “Weave”, however, helps. A web-based data visualization tool, Weave enables users to explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data online from any location at any time. We saw tremendous potential in the platform and have been helping open-source the software, advising on community engagement strategy and licensing. This week, we were excited to see the soft launch of the Weave 1.0 Beta, which went open-source on Wednesday, June 15. Data Visualization Platform, Weave, Now Open Source | Civic Commons
TimelineSetter: Easy Timelines From Spreadsheets, Now Open to All Talking Points Memo used TimelineSetter to create a timeline featuring events in Wisconsin’s public-sector union struggle. Last week we announced TimelineSetter, our new tool for creating beautiful interactive HTML timelines. Today, after a short private beta with some of our fellow news application developers, we’re opening the code to everyone. How to Install If you’ve got Ruby and Rubygems installed, you can get the package by running:
In the tradition of Inspired Mag’s huge lists, here goes a new one – all the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place! Enjoy and leave some comments with suggestions, questions and so on. Information is Beautiful
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Trend spotting A series of websites use APIs and scrape pages to spot and analyze trends: Fan page analytics – Facebook fan page analytics Zoofs – Most talked about YouTube videos on twitter Fflick – Most tweeted movie titles 14 examples of data visualization on the web
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