IN a whistlestop tour of the latest developments in data journalism, a packed conference in the International Journalism Festival heard how data should be used for seamless immersive journalism packages, and data can be used to help Africans stay safe, and keep women safer in Columbia. The third data school as part of the festival has been organised in partnership with the open knowledge foundation and international journalism festival and european journalism.
Aron Pilhofer, director of digital strategy NY Times
Aron notes a particular trend in data journalism that’s a good trend is bringing data into one piece of journalism : one example is the NSI files decoded which is a ‘fairly epic’ piece of journalism. What the revelations mean to you, including video interrupting the reading as well as interactives that you can play with. It brings the data journalism piece into the content. It is an organic hole not two separate things - a trend i really favour as it feels like a separate piece of journalism not a set
Monitored Man NY Times Well ‘what your activity tracker sees and doesn't see’. It shows what is being measured by the device in real time.
Giant Slalom Ted Ligety why is he so does. Using an amazing team of graphics and 3D animation to analyse his action. Shows how to integrate graphics, data and video in a seamless hole. Data is often seen as a speciality and that is helpful when you are building it as a discipline but then you need to bring it back in as a team sport.
Question of mapped is what is it? is it siloed data journalism rather than incorporating it. Even the stodgiest of news editors say using data as your source
Justin Arenstein, @justinarenstein African specialist journo and African media initiative and data advisor to Google
He says Africa is roughly five years behind and the meltdown in print has not happened yet there so they are learning from mistakes made in Western markets.Kickstarting a continent citizen labs that embed data fellows in four hub countries to build the underlying infrastructure and prototypes that produce prod that data tools work. Facebook hacks hackers Africa - building a continent of enthusiasts.
There are early signs that we can build revenue models around content. Liberating data turning deadwood into new digital structured data resourced with open APIs to allow for third party reuse.
There is a vacuum for anyone who wants to build an app needs content and they are turning to the media to provide that data so we can provide that data and put paywalls and subscription bodies around that. They are helping library and entity databases around them.
The Star health is a suite of data driven apps that help citizen check if their doctor are in good standing whether their treatment and prescriptions scraped all the info on restored doctors those with criminal registers and turned that in to a query tool and it sends text message info back to them
First experiments with internet of things by the African news innovation challenge - trend reporting so people can tell if their water is dirty and will make them sick
Guido Romeo, Wired Italy
Unlocking the data of private donations. Access to data is an issue there is no freedom of information act in Italy. The quality of data from our public institutions is very poor.