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Surveys: some basic rules to avoid bias

  Surveys are useful tools to gather information, but when done wrong they can lead to terrible datasets. The video below was played to us at one of our lectures, and is a handy...

How to: change the icons on fusion table maps

  Maps made with Google Fusion are an incredibly useful tool in the newsroom, but they don’t have to all look the same. I wanted to see how you can make yours a bit...

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...

Data for dummies

After spending the past seven months studying data, I’ve learnt at least one important lesson: data journalism doesn’t have to be impossibly hard. While there are plenty of things about data journalism which will...

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...

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...

Mapping election data for North Wales

This is the data analysis behind how I, Andrew Stuart, did the data for the Daily Post interactive election map for 2012 on the website for the Daily Post, a regional daily newspaper in North...

VISUALISATION ANALYSIS #3

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/mar/26/office-for-national-statistics-health Simon Rogers has published a fantastic interactive graphic for the Guardian Datastore that maps teenage pregnancy rates in England and Wales from 1998 to 2010. The visualisation shows the conception rate of under-eighteen...

How to do a good visualisation and why it’s important

Visualisations are an important tool when presenting data, and can be used to show patterns, correlations and the ‘big picture’. Ben Fry has said that visualisations ‘answer questions in a meaningful way that makes...

How to find Data

This post is for people who are new to data sourcing, or interested in Data Journalism but unsure of where to begin. First, it is useful to start with an idea, question or hypothesis....

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