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 →
Last week was Discovery Week at The Guardian. Four of the five fellows (Dan, Laurian, Mark and I) were in attendance. Our project is NewsQuest and a host of other great ideas arose from knocking developer heads together and giving them the time and space to create. The BBC will be hosting similar events and hopefully … Continue Reading →
The lead article in today’s International section of the Guardian is a data investigation into US Food Aid which I worked on as part of my OpenNews Fellowship. Sadly, there is no GitHub repo for this particular data dig. Just under half of the data we looked at are in PDFs. However, there is some code … Continue Reading →
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 →
With the next set of WikiLeaks due out soon I thought I’d remind everyone that the first release of the Afghan War Logs highlighted the importance of datajournalism. Here’s a guide the good people at The Guardian made. They are one of the few champions when it comes to datajournalism. Well recommended reading indeed.
For spinning data, ‘Lifestyle’ articles are the worst. I was sorry to see such an article in The Guardian today (09/08/10). The headline: “British breast cancer rates ‘four times higher than eastern Africa’, says report”. The subheading: “World Cancer Research Fund survey cites lifestyle as reason for difference”. This article is taken straight from a … Continue Reading →