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Slow Politics: What Europe Needs In The Age Of Crisis, Berlin, November 13-15

2014-10-14 10:25:03 labcrew


Slow Politics is the 14th annual conference organized by Together with Christopher Senf from Berliner Gazette, Data J Lab’s Adriana Homolova will be one of the moderators of the ”The Big We” workshop. The aim of the workshop is to map the relations among the more than 100 representatives of initiatives that are present at Slow Politics. Adriana will be contributing with her expertise in Social Network Analysis and is very excited to participate!

more info | program of the conference [PDF]


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Data J Lab @ VVOJ 2014 Kortrijk

2014-10-10 13:56:02 labcrew

Data J Lab’s Hille van der Kaa and Stefania Milan have been invited to contribute to the annual conference of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (De Vlaams-Nederlandse Vereniging van Onderzoeksjournalisten). Stefania, in particular, will engage participating journalists in a cybersecurity training. The conference is scheduled for November 7-8. Check out the sneak preview program here.

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Frank Belyeu shares his thoughts on data journalism

2014-10-08 11:24:25 labcrew

After my uplifting and inspiring experience at La Nacion Data (Argentina), the
best piece of knowledge I take back to Spain is that the primary quality of a
good data journalist is to be humble. Without humbleness it is not possible to be
cooperative, and without collaborative working a data journalist will never achieve
anything meaningful.

Too many different and complementing skills are involved in the data analysis
process to be arrogant. Momi Peralta, editor of La Nación Data, knows this very
well and transmits those values every day, showing her interest for every single
suggestion her co-workers have, and encouraging that continuous information

My experience in Argentina was very useful. Apart from learning practical skills
that I will later on apply to my work, I understood what a data journalism team
needs to be successful: everyone needs to have a different but equally important
role in the team. That’s what every handbook calls multidisciplinary team, but one
thing is to read it and another completely different thing is to see it with your own

I also learnt that, in big newspapers, which obviously have their own political and
economic interests, the data journalism team has to assume a “revolutionary”
role. It has to try to move away from the editorial line, thinking by itself,
and investigating what it truly believes affects the public interest. If such
investigations go against any of those interests, the team must defend them and
try to persuade the journalists for them to publish them.

Commonly these journalists will take that information (because it’s privileged)
and stress on something that is convenient for the newspaper. But, as the
open data movement pursues, all the databases will (or should) be available
to the public so they can draw their own conclusions, in case they want to
dig in deeper. And hopefully they will, because data can be used in the most
mysterious ways.

Today, I am only sure of one thing: I want to be a data journalist. I want to serve
the citizens by informing them thoroughly, and by providing them tools to inform
their selves. If the ultimate goal of a journalist is to contribute to the democratic
values of a society, I believe data journalism is the correct path to follow, as its
core function is to provide context to the news we read on a daily basis.

The first step I am taking in this direction is the foundation of a data journalism
media company in Spain: The Spanish Centre for Investigative and Data
(CEPID, in Spanish). Hopefully, this way I will be able to make a
contribution to my fellow citizens.

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Hille van der Kaa at Media Fast Forward

2014-09-08 13:57:59 labcrew

Data J Lab’s Hille van der Kaa will speak at Media Fast Foward, organized by VRT Research & Innovation. Check further info here. The event is scheduled to take place in Brussels on December the 4th, 2014.

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Data Harvest+ 2014

2014-05-14 12:39:54 labcrew

Every year, Data Harvest+ , a conference organized by attracts brilliant journalists and coders for 3 days of talks and networking. This year, two members of Data J Lab have also delivered speeches on the conference.

Hille van der Kaa held a speech on how to use scientific methods and tools to do (data) journalistic research.

During a theoretical and hands-on session, Adriana Homolova was talking about her thesis topic, Social network analysis to unveil corruption in public procurement

Find more information in presentations and wrap-ups of DataHarvest+ 2014!

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