Hacktivities at the Mozilla Festival 2012

Last weekend (9-11 November 2012) saw the second Mozilla Festival. Over a thousand people came through the doors of Ravensbourne College, packing 9 floors and hacking to their hearts content. Digital journalism super stars Aron Pilhofer, Brian Boyer, Scott Klein, Miranda Mulligan and the Guardian Interactive Team were in attendance. I optimistically decided to run two … Continue Reading →

Scraping Contracts, Digging Dfid

In an article on the Guardian Data Blog Claire Provost outlined how the recent furore over consultancy spending by the Department for International Development (Dfid) should not be about turning the aid tap off but about making aid work for the donor country. One way to promote development in donor countries is to untie aid, to … Continue Reading →

To My Fellow Fellows

I am not Asian nor Caucasian although I have both in me. I am not religious nor agnostic although I have lived in countries of many different faiths. I have studied across the science and art disciplines although I practice neither. I am neither journalist nor developer. I am female although I work in male-dominated … Continue Reading →

There’s More Than One Way To Wrangle Data – Recasting with Google, R and Python

Just as facts can be woven in many different ways to produce many different narratives, so data visualisation lends itself to story telling and not just data wrangling. The extra dimension involved in the thing we currently call ‘Data Journalism’, is the fact that there are many different tools with which we weave data into … Continue Reading →