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9 free mapping tools and resources for visual storytelling

9 free mapping tools and resources for visual storytelling | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
Use maps as a storytelling tool to explain context around a breaking news event and create an immersive experience for your audience
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The psychology of data visualisation: beyond the numbers | Media news

The psychology of data visualisation: beyond the numbers | Media news | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
Knowing the process behind memory retention is useful when visualising data for a story, so here are three areas to consider to make your visualisations more memorable
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With the increasing use of data visualisations to tell stories, journalists run the risk of creating visualisations that do not stand out from the many other, similar charts, tables, and infographics online. By using custom colours, unusual forms, and juxtaposition of symbols and images you can ensure your visualisations have impact and are remembered. 

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Mirador: A tool to help you find correlations in complex datasets

Mirador: A tool to help you find correlations in complex datasets | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
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Mirador is a new tool that helps you find correlative patterns in large datasets. It is in the early stages of development but is available for download on Windows and Mac.

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HelpMeViz: DataViz Community Feedback for Your Charts - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

HelpMeViz: DataViz Community Feedback for Your Charts - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
Have you ever struggled with which type of chart to use in your presentation? Or how to get Exc...
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HelpMeViz offers support on data visualisation questions and feedback on graphs from a community of users, a useful resource for anyone who wants to improve their visualisation skills.

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Coding for Beginners: 10 programming concepts it helps to understand

Coding for Beginners: 10 programming concepts it helps to understand | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
If you're looking to get into coding chances are you'll stumble across a raft of jargon which can be off-putting, especially in tutorials which are oblivious to your lack of previous programming ex...

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A handy break-down of some of the concepts you will come across when learning to code.

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Amanda Dahlquist's curator insight, May 15, 2014 9:49 AM

A primer on statistical terms for beginners

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How HuffPo uses data in the newsroom and beyond | Media news

How HuffPo uses data in the newsroom and beyond | Media news | Data for journalists | Scoop.it

Speaking at the Reuters Institute's Big Data for Media conference, HuffPost chief executive Jimmy Maymann discussed innovative ways data could be used to improve reader experience


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This is an interesting piece on how the Huffington Post uses analytics, A/B testing, and more to optimize its content and improve reader experience.

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David Sallinen (WAN-IFRA)'s curator insight, May 10, 2014 6:44 AM
the key is using data to improve reader experience, a tactic that will bring both editorial and business benefits.
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A Curated Collection of All the DataViz Methods: The Data Visualization Catalogue

A Curated Collection of All the DataViz Methods: The Data Visualization Catalogue | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
If you've ever struggled with what visualization to create to best show the data you have, The Data Visualization Catalogue might provide just the help you

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A great collection of data visualisation tools, categorised by the characteristics of the data you want to show.

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 2, 2014 5:47 AM



The Data Visualisation Catalogue is an on-going project developed by Severino Ribecca which attempts to index and catalogue all of the data visualization approaches available, in order to help journalists, designers and professional communicators identify more easily the type of data visualization most appropriate for their needs.

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In the Catalogue there are now over 50 different data visualization approaches that have been identified, and about a third of them have also been documented with a basic description, visual examples, relevant tags to associate it with their possibe best uses, variations, and with a list of alternative tools available to create that type of data chart.

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You can browse the catalogue also by using the "Search by Function" which is designed to aid in choosing the appropiate data visualization approach based on the specific communication need at hand, or with the "View by List" approach, which organizes dataviz methods by types. 

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My comment: Excellent resource for visual communicators of all kinds as it helps you see the great variety of dataviz approaches available. It makes it easier to identify and select relevant solutions according to needs and use.

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Check it out: http://blog.visual.ly/the-data-visualization-catalogue/ 

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Juliana Elisa Raffaghelli's curator insight, February 19, 2014 7:14 AM

Rappresentare: raccontare la realtà in modo tale da attrarre in modo efficace l'attenzione del nostro interlocutore/lettore. In una società iperconnessa e dialogica, fondamentale competenza.

Cori Zuppo's curator insight, May 18, 2014 10:21 AM

The Data Visualization Catalogue is a powerful tool to guide selection of data visualization methodologies. I am looking forward to incorporating this resource into my courses wherever possible. 

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Detective.io launches as platform for data investigations | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

Detective.io launches as platform for data investigations | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
The open-source project from data journalism collective Journalism++ lets users upload data and then search relationships
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How to: do data journalism on a budget | How to succeed in journalism | Journalism.co.uk

How to: do data journalism on a budget | How to succeed in journalism | Journalism.co.uk | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
Advice for when time, money or manpower is limited
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Course: Doing Journalism with Data, First Steps, Skills and Tools

Course: Doing Journalism with Data, First Steps, Skills and Tools | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
A free data driven journalism course by the European Journalism Centre.
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New data driven journalism course from the European Journalism Centre, starting in early 2014

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Gephi tutorial: quick start | #sna_indatcom #gephi

Tutorial Quick Start Introduction Gephi Tutorial*** Import file Visualization Layout Qui


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A nice introduction to Gephi for network visualisation

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Spreadsheet converts tweets for social network analysis in Gephi

Spreadsheet converts tweets for social network analysis in Gephi | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
Muy útil RT @soslab Spreadsheet converts tweets for social network analysis in Gephi http://t.co/up9D0hSghv
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New Entrepreneurial Journalism Handbook published

New Entrepreneurial Journalism Handbook published | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
The Media Program for South East Europe has published a new handbook on entrepreneurial journalism, which is available to download free.
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A new book on entrepreneurial journalism which provides a good grounding in setting up and running a news website.

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How to Save Tweets for any Twitter Hashtag

You can create your own Twitter Archiving tool using Google Sheets in 5 minutes. It will automatically save all tweets for any Twitter hashtag or search term in a spreadsheet.
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A quick tutorial from Digital Inspiration which runs through how you can save tweets related to a specific hashtag to a Google spreadsheeet and archive them for future reference. This could be particularly useful for collecting information on a breaking story or event, and the saved tweets can be accessed if and when you need them for an article, or you could use the archive to Storify the highlights of a trend.

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R Language Resources

Get Started With R
Here are three suggestions for absolute beginners.

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I'm learning R at the moment and this looks like a really useful list of resources.

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A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations

A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.

If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running alongside a feature story.

Visage, a newly launched platform, provides custom templates for graphics. There are myriad tools on the market that do this (for a gander at 30 of them, check out this list), but Visage is the latest, and it's gaining traction with designers at Mashable, MSNBC, and A&E...


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Sang Lee's curator insight, June 17, 2014 9:58 PM

I will try this later. 

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9 Free Books for Learning Data Mining and Data Analysis

9 Free Books for Learning Data Mining and Data Analysis | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
RT @kdnuggets: 9 Free Books for Learning Data Mining and Data Analysis http://t.co/Gb9Zjiv0Ky

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8 Web #Tools for Finding and Creating Data Visualizations | #dataviz #cartography

8 Web #Tools for Finding and Creating Data Visualizations | #dataviz #cartography | Data for journalists | Scoop.it

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The 30 data viz blogs you can't miss | Visual Loop

The 30 data viz blogs you can't miss | Visual Loop | Data for journalists | Scoop.it

As data visualization expands its reach – through the rise of Massive Online Courses, the countless events and, most significantly, the interconnection between different disciplines and knowledge fields that produce inspiring works and innovative projects -, it’s only natural that the number of folks writing about it keeps rising.

There are literally hundreds of interesting blogs out there, covering all the aspects surrounding the production of quality, effective data visualizations.

Visit the link to find a collection of resources and interesting projects that give a pretty good idea of how vast and rich the data visualization community is...

 


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Nathalie Prinet-Houairi's curator insight, December 18, 2013 5:02 AM

Data visualization is now critical. My favorite of those blogs are Storytelling with data, and Ilovecharts (quite funny although not necessarily business related)

Nobuyuki Kawagashira's curator insight, January 8, 2014 8:15 PM

We can learn data visualization news from other bloggers.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 15, 2014 2:54 AM

A great library of visualization tools and practices...

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30 Best Tools for Data Visualization | Code Geekz

30 Best Tools for Data Visualization | Code Geekz | Data for journalists | Scoop.it

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Guilhes Damian's curator insight, November 24, 2013 5:31 PM

30 Tools for Data Visualization http://bit.ly/191NCl4 #dataviz #tools

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New Chrome extension offers data research tool | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

New Chrome extension offers data research tool | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
The World Data Finder browser extension can be used to highlight relevant data sets and visualisations already available on Knoema
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Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
The Knight Center has developed a trilingual distance learning curriculum for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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The Knight Centre's course on infographics and data visualization starts on October 6

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The Future is Data

The Future is Data | Data for journalists | Scoop.it

At a time when journalism is undergoing a profound crisis as a result of the rise of social networks, financing difficulties, and increasing layoffs in the media industry, the 1st Data Journalism Conference organised by the Spanish chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation opened up a new direction for the profession; a future that paradoxically goes back to its origins: to the search for new sources, to objective accounts of events and to data analysis.


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An interesting look at the current state of data journalism.

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luiy's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:32 AM

Mar Cabra, an investigative journalist specialising in data journalism and a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), began her presentation by quoting The Guardian’s motto: “Facts are sacred”. And indeed, there is no room for opinion in data journalism, which simply consists of the facts and the objective information that can be extracted from the data. Cabra mentioned three examples of organisations that work with data – Sunlight Foundation, MySociety and Civio Citizen Foundation – and discussed several examples of journalistic stories put together using data, including:

Tu tasa de paro: “your unemployment rate”, a website that analyses Spain’s official unemployment figures released by the National Institute of Statistics, and calculates the unemployment rate for the profile entered by the user. The idea was inspired by a similar project developed in New York.España en llamas: “Spain in flames”, based on data from the Ministry of Agriculture, this map show all the fires recorded in Spain between 2001 and 2010. A project developed by Civio with the help of crowdfunding.How riot rumours spread on Twitter: a remarkable graphic analysis produced by The Guardian, which shows how a rumour is born and dies. This example studies the rumours spread through Twitter during the 2011 London riots.Dollars for docs: a project by ProPublica, a US-based data journalists association, which analyses the money that pharmaceutical companies give to general practitioners. Essential information that can shed light on why a doctor prescribes a particular drug, what pharmaceutical companies give doctors the most money, and so on.WhoKnowsWho: a project by British TV’s Channel 4 that shows the connections between people in positions of power and reveals the relationships between them.Qué hacen los diputados: a project – that continues to seek funds through crowdfunding – which allows users to keep tabs on what Catalan MPs do in Parliament: what they vote, the proposals they make, and so on.

Mar Cabra (whose presentation, in Spanish, is available here) raised the need for collaboration between journalists and programmers – an observation that would keep coming up throughout the conference. Journalists need somebody to help them tell their story graphically and to analyse the data, and programmers need somebody to find the story hidden among all that data. So how is the data obtained in the first place? Some clues can be found in blogs such as The Guardian Datablog, La Nación Data Blog, Information is beautiful, (Re)Structuring Journalism, Between the spreadsheets and Spreadsheet Journalism.

Chad Gaffield's curator insight, July 8, 2013 8:29 AM

also could help increase sophistication in big data analysis...

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:31 AM

Great summary about the speakers talk given on the 1st Data Journalism Conference by Mar Cabra, Eva Belmonte, John Burn-Murdoch and Manuel Aristarán.
Through the data analysis today we can speak about Data Journalism, Smart Cities, Open Government. The use and exploitation of any data source, proprietary or external (Open Data or not), shows a change that allows processes for understand what happens and the development of others oriented to the business. The companies are the main interested on the acquisition and exploitation of this data to gain competitive advantage. But they aren’t the only ones able to use this data. Users can also maximize the creation and use of information for the creation and development of politics that allows a better management of our resources and benefits for the citizens.

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Social network analysis for journalists using the Twitter API | School of Data - Evidence is Power

Social network analysis for journalists using the Twitter API | School of Data - Evidence is Power | Data for journalists | Scoop.it
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luiy's curator insight, April 27, 2013 2:29 PM

Social Network analysis allows us to identify players in a social network and how they are related to each other. For example: I want to identify people who are involved in a certain topic - either to interview or to understand what different groups are engaging in debate.

 

What you’ll Need:

Gephi (http://gephi.org)OpenRefine (http://openrefine.org)The Sample SpreadsheetAnother sample DatasetBonus: The twitter search to graph tool

 

Step 1: Basic Social Networks

Throughout this exercise we will use Gephi for graph analysis and visualization. Let’s start by getting a small graph into gephi.

 

Take a look at the sample spreadsheet - this is data from a fictional case you are investigating.

In your country the minister of health (Mark Illinger) recently bought 500,000 respiration masks from a company (Clearsky-Health) during a flu-scare that turned out non substantial. The masks were never used and rot away in the basement of the ministry. During your investigation you found that during the period of this deal Clearsky-Health was consulted by Flowingwater Consulting and paid them a large sum for their services. A consulting company owned by Adele Meral-Poisson. Adele Meral-Poisson is a well known lobbyist and the wife of Mark Illinger.

 

While we don’t need to apply network analysis to understand this fictional case - it helps understanding the sample spreadsheet. Gephi is able to import spreadsheets like this through it’s “import csv” section. Let’s do this.

 

Walkthrough Importing CSV into GephiSave the Sample Spreadsheet as csv (or click download as → comma seperated values if using google spreadsheet)Start GephiSelect File → OpenSelect the csv file safed from the sample spreadsheet.You will get a import report - check whether the number of nodes and edges seem correct and there are no errors reported