Not law,but decreehttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1857498David Banisar, FOIA Expert. October 2012
Data.gov Portals? In 2012 – Buenos Aires City and Misiones Province opened data portals
A vision for several actions What?LA NACION decided to challenge status quo andstarted opening data and developing datajournalism
Why?- Data is a new raw material for journalism- Move public data closer to the people- Activate demand of public data- Discover new stories hidden in datasets- Allow citizen´s collaboration + innovate
How?a. Gathering and building datasets from scratch.b. Free tools for opening and visualizing data, andreusing data shared by others (eg. Guardian)c. Data presence in www.lanacion.com- home page section in main navigation bar (LNDATA)- TAG that integrates stories with open data or dataviz- @LNdata Twitter & Facebook- Open Data Catalog- Blog NATION DATA- DATAFEST
LEARN AND COLLABORATEhttp://www.datajournalismhandbook.com
Data projects: Subsidies, Inflation, Senate Expenses…
CASE #1SUBSIDIES for the BUS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Transport Agency – Capture (Web site) Bus Companies . (Cash) Gasoil
Transport Agency – Processing CCP Subsidy corresponding to March 2012 ccp_sistau_marzo12(6).xlsx (Subsidio CCP)BUT: 1.200 Rows (Companies) 21 Columns1.600 PDF files (subsidies CASH y Gasoil for Buses and Trains) from 2003 to now (March2013).)
Transport Secretary – AnalysisMonthly consolidation for 3 subsidies for each company, and geographic zoneSubsidies paid in 2010 USD 4.260.000 ….. per day
Transportation Regulatory Agency (CNRT) – CaptureBuses registered by each company, according tothe Public Transport Regulation Agency (CNRT)and its vehicle plates (monthly basis). Number of vehicles
CASE #2INFLATION in ARGENTINA How to show (with data) what you can’t tell?
• Besides daily efforts, we opened 21 datasets and made “Dataset cheat sheets” to make them accessible and ready for analysis with data mining techniques or data visualization in our first DATAFEST in Argentina last November.• This DATAFEST was organized by LA NACION and UNIVERSIDAD AUSTRAL Masters Degree in Data Mining and Universidad Austral Communications Faculty.
Cheat Sheet : Subsidies for the Public Bus Transport System – Cleaned , normalized and open DATA
Key factorsKey Factors:Team work, training, use free tools, never stoplearning, work by projects, daily data awareness,be proactive in hackathons, be open tointernational support: Knight- ICFJ Fellowship, KnightMozilla Opennews Partner, Knight Foundation Datafestsupport.
Technology Challenges• Manage multiple sources and formats• Automate process to bring data daily to readers & journalism in open formats• Structure the unstructured data• Connect the dots
Human Challenges:- Engage more journalists and data scientistsand the developers community.- Develop a platform that allows citizenscollaboration- Inspire and help other media andorganizations to open data for Argentina andspread the word