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Tools for helping journalists create content, keep it relevant and keep up with changing audience behaviour and technological advances.
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Captricity: Tool for data journalists

Captricity: Tool for data journalists | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Captricity incorporate human intelligence with OCR / ICR in order to transcribe handwriting & text on forms into a spreadsheet or database.
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Timeline JS - interactive, multimedia timelines

Timeline JS - interactive, multimedia timelines | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.
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Create multimedia timelines to embed and share. You can use Google Docs to assemble data and elements before publishing. 

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Osocio's curator insight, December 29, 2012 12:09 PM

You can use Google Docs to assemble data and elements before publishing. 

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Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool

Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
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Have a play with the free version. It has limited options but enough features to create an impressive info graphic. The premium versions offer a lot more.

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easel.ly - info graphics

easel.ly - info graphics | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Create attractive infographics to embed on your site and share. From the site's publicity page: "Drag and Drop pre-designed themes and vector assets onto your canvas for easy creation and customization of rich infographics."

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Truthy

Truthy | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: Truthy is a system to analyze and visualize the diffusion of information on Twitter. The Truthy system evaluates thousands of tweets an hour to identify new and emerging bursts of activity around memes of various flavors. The data and statistics provided by Truthy are designed to aid in the study of social epidemics: How do memes propagate through the Twittersphere? What causes a burst of popularity?

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CDF

CDF | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
CDFs allow journalists to create interactive diagrams but viewers will need to download a player...
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Visual.ly

Visual.ly | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Create Your Own Data Visualizations
Visualizations are powerful, but they’ve required time and hard work to create -- until now. You no longer need expensive software, extensive design skills, or number crunching ability. We’re building a tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create professional quality designs with their own data. And when you’re ready to show your work to the world, publish it on your Visual.ly profile, your own personal showcase.

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OpenHeatMap

OpenHeatMap | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Turn your spreadsheet into a map
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StatPlanet Map Maker – Data Visualization and Mapping Software

StatPlanet Map Maker – Data Visualization and Mapping Software | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Free map maker software. Easily create sophisticated interactive maps which can be published online.
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Wufoo · Online Form Builder!

Wufoo · Online Form Builder! | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Wufoo's HTML form builder helps you create online web forms.
Use our web form creator to power your contact forms, online
surveys, and event registrations.
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From the site: "Wufoo is a web application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun."

 

Note: You are able to make three forms only with the free version but those forms will have limited functionality. I signed up and had a try and the free version seems to offer the basics needed to gather information. Upgrading to the paid version promises far more, but I have not tried that.  Any comments from people who have upgraded welcome.

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Ramona Lupu's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:01 AM

Wufoo - a web application that helps anybody build online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy and fast.

 

 

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infogr.am - create, share & embed infographics

infogr.am - create, share & embed infographics | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy! Follow other users and discover amazing data stories!
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This looks really easy. Intuitive layout. Data friendly, just load a spread sheet and go. 

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Datawrapper

Datawrapper is an open source tool helping everyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes.
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Another free data visualisation tool for embedding or sharing via social media.

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Think Insights with Google

Think Insights with Google | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

This could be a useful tool for journalists and media managers to understand changing audience behaviour and respond accordingly.  Many are writing about this as a marketing tool, but I see it of value to those producing content, too.

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ChartTool - create embedded charts

ChartTool - create embedded charts | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Neat tool for creating and embedding data charts.
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Tool for creating social media friendly info graphics

I've been waiting for something like this. According to Visual.ly  the new tool will enable people to create their own data visuals and embed, share and discuss them.
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ScraperWiki

ScraperWiki | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
A tool for sifting through data to find information. Could be useful to journalists trying to understand data mining and data journalism.

I have also added this to the Data Mining for Journalists curation site on Scoop.it
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Many Eyes : Browsing visualizations

Many Eyes : Browsing visualizations | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
From the site: "Many Eyes is a free data visualisation tool. If you have not tried your hand at any data journalism yet, today could be the day to start. "

(Thanks to Journalism.co.uk for this).
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STATS: We Check Out the Numbers Behind the News

STATS: We Check Out the Numbers Behind the News | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
From the site: "Since its founding in 1994, the non-profit, non-partisan Statistical Assessment Service - STATS - has become a much-valued resource on the use and abuse of science and statistics in the media. Our goals are to correct scientific misinformation in the media and in public policy resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge; and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on major scientific issues and controversies. "
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