Author Archives: Sam Francis

About Sam Francis

Freelance journalist. Former MA Investigative Journalism student at City University, London. Lover of data, admirer of information, seducer of computers.

BuzzData.com – A Social Network for Data Journalists

A BuzzData user profile page Earlier this month data journalism got it’s very own a social network with the launch of Toronto-based website BuzzData. Users of this new service can upload data, visualisations, articles and background on a topic or … Continue reading

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An Argentinean Hackathon

An exciting development in the international data visualisation world is next weeks Hackathon in Buenos Aires. On 13 August the press room of the Tecnopolis science and technology park in Buenos Aires will play host to a day of computer … Continue reading

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Barack Obama at 50 – interactive guide

As Barack Obama begins his ‘relatively modest’ 50th birthday celebrations in Chicago, Garry Blight, an interactive designer working at The Guardian , and Richard Adams, the Guardian’s Washington journalist, have decided to go all out so he  doesn’t have to. Creating this … Continue reading

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Beautiful, confusing, useless, the tightrope act of Infographics

It’s a tricky balancing act when visualising data, between getting your getting your point across and making something visually striking. Last year the V&A held an exhibit – Decode: Digital Design Sensations –  where many data visualisations were displayed, simply … Continue reading

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The Best Introduction to Data Visualisation ( That I’ve seen)

Stanford University made a report on data visualisation as part of their 2008-2009 Knight Journalism Fellow Ship. If you haven’t already, watch it here. Both eerily beautiful and insanely helpful this explains why data journalism is so important, and even … Continue reading

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Yahoo Pipes, How to aggregate Feeds even in foreign languages

Yahoo Pipes provides an easy to use way of manipulating information from the web in order to create custom feeds. With its easy to use graph based Graphical User Interface (GUI) you can pull together and link data from RSS sources, … Continue reading

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Guardian’s Data team win big at Online Media Awards

We at TheDataDay would like to congratulate Guardian.co.uk/data for winning the Technical Innovation Award at the inaugural Online Media Awards. Often cited the benchmark for interactive data-driven journalism and data visualisation at TheDataDay, judges described the Guardian’s DataStore and DataBlog … Continue reading

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