Data and visualisationtools for journalists                @Coneee   Interactive News Editor, Telegraph
Problems, not solutions-Andrew Leimdorfer, BBC News Specials teamYES: "Can we show people where the bestschools are?"NO: "...
What you needStoriesTimeDevelopers (front and back-end)DesignersServers and ADMIN RIGHTS!
Key design principlesInfographics vs visualisationDual navigation (maps and tables)User testing (people asked non-leading ...
Sources for data (most are free)ONSParliamentSourcesFOI/transparency releasesScraping
Getting the dataRight click -> Save asSafari multiple downloadOutWit hubPHP scrapers (ScraperWiki)MySQL to merge multiple ...
Getting the data rightExcel stat pack (Analysis ToolPak)Google RefineMySQLTextWranglerCartographica/Colorbrewer
Excel stat packAverages (Mean/Median)CountsQuartilesMax/MinStandard deviation
Most used functionsSort/FilterPivot tables/AggregationText to columnsRegex searchSQL COUNT()
Presenting the dataGoogle chart tools/Fusion TablesIllustratorRaphael.jsHighCharts.js/Datatables.jsGephi
Tools for journalistsHotspot toolCharts generatorTables generatorInteractive maps generatorLocator maps generator
Tools for journalists cont.Before/after image generatorBulk FOI requests toolDocument annotation toolTwitter embed tool
One stop shopcoolstuff.telegraph.co.uk
One stop shop cont.Tour de France graphic has "annotation layer"
One stop shop cont.Tour de France graphic has "annotation layer"... which journalists can easily access
Tools: Graphs
Tools: Graphs-Non-coders can create graphics easily-250/month created without the use of my team
Tools: Tables
Tools: Tables-300 created last month by non-coders
Tools: Location maps
Tools: Hotspot
Tools: Interactive maps
Tools: Documents
Tools: Tweets-1,000/month. Permanent record as storestweet text in HTML (not Twitter API)
Tools: Before/after
More advanced "bespoke" workRequires from several hours to several weeksUp to 10 people on a projectMultiple disciplinesEx...
Example one: School league tables
Example one: School league tables
Example one: School league tables
Example one: School league tablesData downloaded, cleaned with Google RefineMySQL SET used to merge spreadsheetsGeocoded u...
Example two: Assad emails
Example two: Assad emails
Example two: Assad emailsThousands of emails downloaded and readAdded to GephiExported to PDFDesigned in IllustratorMade i...
Example three: Repossessions
Example three: Repossessions
Example three: RepossessionsAsked PR for the spreadsheetHad spreadsheet, but also had Fusion Tablegmaps-samples.googlecode...
Thanks for listening               @ConeeeInteractive News Editor, Telegraph.co.uk
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  1. 1. Data and visualisationtools for journalists @Coneee Interactive News Editor, Telegraph
  2. 2. Problems, not solutions-Andrew Leimdorfer, BBC News Specials teamYES: "Can we show people where the bestschools are?"NO: "I need a map for my story about schools"
  3. 3. What you needStoriesTimeDevelopers (front and back-end)DesignersServers and ADMIN RIGHTS!
  4. 4. Key design principlesInfographics vs visualisationDual navigation (maps and tables)User testing (people asked non-leading Qs)Font hierarchyAnnotation layer
  5. 5. Sources for data (most are free)ONSParliamentSourcesFOI/transparency releasesScraping
  6. 6. Getting the dataRight click -> Save asSafari multiple downloadOutWit hubPHP scrapers (ScraperWiki)MySQL to merge multiple spreadsheets
  7. 7. Getting the data rightExcel stat pack (Analysis ToolPak)Google RefineMySQLTextWranglerCartographica/Colorbrewer
  8. 8. Excel stat packAverages (Mean/Median)CountsQuartilesMax/MinStandard deviation
  9. 9. Most used functionsSort/FilterPivot tables/AggregationText to columnsRegex searchSQL COUNT()
  10. 10. Presenting the dataGoogle chart tools/Fusion TablesIllustratorRaphael.jsHighCharts.js/Datatables.jsGephi
  11. 11. Tools for journalistsHotspot toolCharts generatorTables generatorInteractive maps generatorLocator maps generator
  12. 12. Tools for journalists cont.Before/after image generatorBulk FOI requests toolDocument annotation toolTwitter embed tool
  13. 13. One stop shopcoolstuff.telegraph.co.uk
  14. 14. One stop shop cont.Tour de France graphic has "annotation layer"
  15. 15. One stop shop cont.Tour de France graphic has "annotation layer"... which journalists can easily access
  16. 16. Tools: Graphs
  17. 17. Tools: Graphs-Non-coders can create graphics easily-250/month created without the use of my team
  18. 18. Tools: Tables
  19. 19. Tools: Tables-300 created last month by non-coders
  20. 20. Tools: Location maps
  21. 21. Tools: Hotspot
  22. 22. Tools: Interactive maps
  23. 23. Tools: Documents
  24. 24. Tools: Tweets-1,000/month. Permanent record as storestweet text in HTML (not Twitter API)
  25. 25. Tools: Before/after
  26. 26. More advanced "bespoke" workRequires from several hours to several weeksUp to 10 people on a projectMultiple disciplinesExpensive dataSpecialist knowledge
  27. 27. Example one: School league tables
  28. 28. Example one: School league tables
  29. 29. Example one: School league tables
  30. 30. Example one: School league tablesData downloaded, cleaned with Google RefineMySQL SET used to merge spreadsheetsGeocoded using Google Maps APIUploaded to Google Fusion tablesVisualised/built using Raphael, Javascript
  31. 31. Example two: Assad emails
  32. 32. Example two: Assad emails
  33. 33. Example two: Assad emailsThousands of emails downloaded and readAdded to GephiExported to PDFDesigned in IllustratorMade interactive in our Hotspot tool
  34. 34. Example three: Repossessions
  35. 35. Example three: Repossessions
  36. 36. Example three: RepossessionsAsked PR for the spreadsheetHad spreadsheet, but also had Fusion Tablegmaps-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/Redesigned font hierarchy, ColorBrewer,annotation layer
  37. 37. Thanks for listening @ConeeeInteractive News Editor, Telegraph.co.uk

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