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How and why ProPublica got into the (US) elections game
Last month, ProPublica announced two new projects: Electionland, a large-scale initiative to report on voting access and problems in the upcoming US elections, and Election DataBot, a comprehensive election-info data tracker and feed. Read on the design process and challenges on developing both projects in this Source article.
- Why civil society organisations are using OpenSpending to share fiscal data with the public (OKFN)
Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies launches collection of new digital tools (Open Parliament)
Code 4 SA has built a search for South African Gazettes, using Aleph
OpenTrials launches beta version at the World Health Summit (OKFN)
EUleaks, a European platform where you can submit information in a secure and anonymous way was launched and Fundación Civio enabled an system to receive sensitive information.
International Right to Know Day
- Six lessons from a five-year FOIA battle (CJR)
- As government records move from paper to email to channels like Slack, how should FOIA keep up? (NiemanLab)
- Open Knowledge Sweden chose this significant day to launch the beta version of FrågaStaten, the 28th installation of Alaveteli Freedom of Information software (mySociety)
- Open data and freedom of information: complements or competitors? (Web Foundation)
- When the openwashing is over: protecting the Right to Know (The Engine Room)
- When will Spain walk the #opendata walk? (OpenCorporates)
Sunlight Foundation is changing
And it will no longer be supporting the creation or maintenance of technological projects or data repositories. Sunlight has come to a partnership with GitHub to host the Sunlight Labs repository as an open source community project independent of the organization.
This month’s learnings on…
- Turning data into action: what the OKFN team learned from conducting social audits on public housing communities in Malaysia (OKFN)
Using replication sprints to repurpose technology without ignoring context (The Engine Room)
How to peer review our data stories (Source)
Turning from a journalist to a data journalist (DDJ)
Building civil society capacity for Africa’s emerging data revolution (OKFN)
Training South Africa's new generation of data journalists (IJNET)
International Open Data Conference: open data has grown up (ODI)
- CSV Lint // Validate your data by checking that its CSV file is readable.
- Data Retriever v2.0.0 // Automate the first steps in the data analysis pipeline by downloading, cleaning, and standardizing datasets, and importing them into relational databases, flat files, or programming languages.
- Load grap content from Onodo visualizations into Neo4j using the apoc procedure library.
- Flynn // An Open Source, Self-Hosted Heroku.
- Copybara // A tool for transforming and moving code between repositories.
- Googlescraper // Free, in-browser tool that allows you to quickly query websites of your choice for any number of terms.
- All-new line charts (Datawrapper) // There are all-new, responsive line charts, including point-and-click text and range annotations.
- neovis.js // Neo4j + vis.js. Graph visualizations in browser with data from Neo4j.
- kyt // Toolkit that encapsulates and manages the configuration for web apps, introduced by the devs from the NY Times.
- An isotype chart generator designed by @mstoll students (recommended by Alberto Cairo).
Briefcase // News outlets with a self-branded website to view and organize document collections.
- Storytelling // The future of protest involves light, holograms and augmented reality
- Campaigning // Beautiful Rising’s new toolbox for change
- Distributed work // ONA 16 Handout: Keeping it Together When the Newsroom is Everywhere
- Distributed design // Open Design Kit
- Cartooning for FOI // “Last Words – The Return of Anders Chydenius”
- Learning // A free Node.js course for Node beginners (Hyperdev) Connecting // Liliana Bounegru & Jonathan Gray’s talk on what can data journalists and digital researchers learn from each other
- Interactive journalism // An opinionated list of best practice examples of data journalism and visualization projects, by Christopher Möller
- Designing // The Vox Media designer’s toolkit
- Scraping // Free & Easy Tools for Data Scraping (Kaas & Mulvad)
- Databases // California Database Catalogs 2016
- Networking // The Network of investigative journalists 'Investigate Europe' was launched
- Wording // If it needs a sign, it’s probably bad design (Lena Groeger, Source + ProPublica)
- Tableau // Looking for a Tableau Guide? Sign Up for Our Classroom Training
- Awesomeness // An awesome list of resources to construct, analyze and visualize network data, inspired by Awesome Deep Learning & Awesome Math
Toward a Constructive Technology Criticism + Constructive Technology Criticism Annotated Syllabus + Style Guide for Writing About Technology (Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University)
Corporate Tax Chartbook: How Corporations Rig the Rules to Dodge the Taxes They Owe (Americans for Tax Fairness)
- Strengthening the Indispensible U.S. Corporate Tax (Equitable Growth)
Gregor Aisch and Karen Yourish visualized on 2015 how the teams behind the announced candidates are connected to previous campaigns, administrations and organizations close to the possible nominees.
- Oct 14-15: TransparencyCamp 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
- Oct 14: News Impact Summit 2016 (Prague, Czech Republic)
- Oct 19-20: Foro Latinoamericano de Medios Digitales y Periodismo (Mexico DF, Mexico)
- Oct 21-22: 100 Women: BBC Hack in collaboration with Facebook (London, UK)
- Oct 21-23: Media Party Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)
- Oct 24: d|Bootcamp, Government Data. Civic Data. (Casablanca, Morocco)
- Oct 28-30: Mozilla Festival (London, UK)
- Nov 1-4: The Graphical Web Conference 2016 (Exeter, UK)
- Nov 2-4: AbreLatam + ConDatos (Bogotá, Colombia)
- Nov 8: Workshop “Corruption: A beginner’s guide 2016”, TI (London, UK)
- Nov 19: Workshop on Data and Algorithmic Transparency (Columbia University, NY)
- Dec 6-9: Internet Governance Forum (Guadalajara, Mexico)
- Dec 7-9: Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2016. Registration now open here.
- The dates for TICTeC 2017 were recently announced. The third conference on the Impacts of Civic Technology, will be in Florence, Italy, in 25-26 April 2017.
- Nieman Foundation Fellowships: Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships (Deadline Oct. 14) + International Fellowships (Deadline Dec. 1) + Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Fellowship (Jan. 6) + U.S. Fellowships (Jan. 31). More info on each here.
- Funding: DataShift is funding data driven projects that report on SDGs and Climate Change commitments (+ info: ENG / SPA) (Oct. 19)
- Fellowship: Global Fellowship in Human Rights (Deadline Oct. 30)
- Fellowship: Kiplinger Fellowship (Deadline Oct. 31)
- Grants: 10 Grants Available for Investigative Data-Driven Journalism in Africa via impactAFRICA (Deadline Nov. 11)
- Proposals: Internet Freedom Festival (Deadline Nov. 28)
- Grants: Grants fund investigative journalism from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova (Deadline Dec. 31)
- Scholars: Medill graduate scholarship and internship program (Deadline Jan. 2)
- Scholarship: Northwestern and The Washington Post Scholarship program for software developers interested in journalism (Deadline Jan. 2)
- Proposals: Africa Open Data Network Research Coordination
- Job: Director of Technology, The Marshall Project