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    • Open Data
    • 2013: a networked public sphere
    • Natural disasters
    • #Sidibouzid
    • #Jan25
    • How did we get here?
    • In the 1990s, government and civilsociety spread the Internet globally
    • In the 2000s, mobile phones and social networking connected us ever more
    • Open Journalism
    • Thestream
    • In the 2010s, big data will change everything again. Image Credit: Real Time Rome from
    • An expanding number of data sources
    • Commercial and industry data
    • Social data and crisis data
    • Open government data platforms
    • Open data allows citizens to be generative in new ways
    • 230 apps now use or are based on open health data
    • What about journalism?
    • “We used to call it CAR”-DeBarros Bob Woodward, via Cliff1066
    • “Data-driven journalism is the future” Source: Tim Berners-Lee in the Guardian
    • Is “data journalism” justcomputer assisted reporting (CAR)? • Spreadsheets • Databases • Text and code editors • Statistics
    • “Trendy but not new”-Simon Rogers, Guardian
    • Show, don’t tell A “Sankey diagram”
    • What’s changed?• Online spreadsheets and data tools• Data visualization tools• Open source frameworks• Code sharing• Agile development• Cloud storage and processing (EC2 &Heroku)• The amount of data
    • “Newspapers are either going to start doing what we do, or theyre going to be bypassed and out of date.” -Elliot Jaspin That was 1986, in Time.
    • More than 36 interactive databases publishedData sets account for 75% of overall traffic [Source: CJR]
    • Global leaders
    • ProPublica
    • A tangled web
    • Dollars for Docs
    • New York Times
    • “Make small things faster, make big things possible.”-Derek Willis, cost a few hundred dollars. Hosted on Amazon EC2.
    • The Guardian
    • Guardian Datablog
    • Chicago Tribune• Flame retardants
    • Center for Public Integrity
    • International Consortium of Investigative JournalistsOffshoring $ 80 journalists 40 countries 260 gigabytes 2.5 million files
    • Reuters: Connected China
    • La Nacion
    • Storytelling still matters.“We use these tools to find and tell stories. We use them like we use a telephone. The story is still the thing.” - Anthony DeBarros USA Today Source: Data Journalism and the Big Picture
    • Los Angeles Times
    • SOPA Opera
    • Best practices?
    • Understand the context for the data
    • Show your data
    • Show your work
    • Share your code
    • Plan for reuse
    • Build on open standards
    • Citizen-centric
    • Keeping citizens safe“Traffic on the NYC Health Department’srestaurant inspection site has gone from10,000 hits per month to 124,000” - New York Times
    • Make data find the people.
    • Helps citizens who need it most
    • Privacychallenges
    • Security challenges• Protect your sources? Protect your data!
    • Bridge thedata divide Digital signage on the cheap
    • FOIA &Press Freedom
    • Fauxpen DataIn an age of “openwashing”…We need to:Evaluate licenses.Peruse the Terms of Service.Review the governance.Look at community.Check the format.
    • Wired Italy
    • Emerging trends
    • Political tensions over open data• Gun map graphic
    • Robo-journalism?
    • Data journalists, meet civic hackers Source: BuzzData
    • Now it’s “Hacks and Hackers”Photo by Dennis Crowley, from “Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer”
    • Homicide Watch
    • Citizens as Sensors: Andhra Pradesh
    • Citizensourcing
    • Makers and open source hardware
    • Safecast open source Geiger counter
    • Networked accountability
    • Sensor Journalism
    • “If Stage 1 of data journalism was “find and scrape data,” then… Stage 2 was “ask government agencies to release data” in easy to use formats. Stage 3 is going to be “make your own data”, and those sources of data are going to be automated and updated in real-time.” -JavaunMoradi, NPR
    • Data creation
    • Data journalism with a purpose
    • Co-create a stronger union
    • Government of the people, for the people, by the people, with the people.