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The year in numbers: jubilee and olympic data for 2012

  2012 is a big year for Britain, and particularly for London, as the city swings into gear for two enormous celebrations this summer. When exchanging notes with students from my course as we...

Writing a survey: the successes and failures of a first attempt

  As part of our course we put together an online blog that addresses the needs of a particular community. The one that I was involved in works on the premise that if you...

Smartphone theft: the story behind the data

  In this post I want to look at how data can get recycled once it is published. Specifically, I want to look at how a piece of data that I had gathered through...

Semantic Web and what it means for data journalism

I’ve found myself increasingly interested by the semantic web in recent months, particularly in how it could be applied to data journalism. While the concept is still somewhat in its infancy, the potential it...

“I’m still waiting” – border control queues

You can’t failed to have encountered the brouhaha about protracted and maddening border control queues at UK airports. As we edge closer and closer to the Olympics, and an influx of tourists, the issue...

Data Visualisation vs. Text

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/03/uk-beaches-rank-map-listed Simon Rogers has mapped data which ranked 754 beaches around Great Britain for the Guardian Data Store. The visualisation uses a satellite map of the UK, onto which Simon has marked every beach...

Data visualisation and Art

Data is often seen to be as far removed from art as can be. A way of obtaining facts, information and statistics, it is technological rather than personal and beautiful. Or is it? Many...

Simple infographic and visualisation tools

We’re all acquainted with the perks and limitations of using Google Fusion, Tableau, Many Eyes and Open Street Map but I was wondering what other visualisation and infographic tools are readily accessible and available...

Why Data Journalism is Important

After studying Data Journalism for a year at City University I have come to appreciate the importance of having the skillset to make the most out of numbers and statistics. Many aspiring journalists still...

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