Data Journalism. Presentation of Projects

The Data Journalism work sessions aim to learn about and delve deeper into working with data through workshops, and to present and showcase local projects.

The Data Journalism work sessions aim to be practical meetings with two objectives: to learn about and delve deeper into working with data through workshops, and to present and showcase local projects.

Govern Obert

By Concha Catalán

Govern Obert (Open Government) is a project designed to promote the transparency of the Catalan Government. On its website we can find different visualisations of the organisation charts of each department and publish stories.

Mapa Infoparticip@

By Amparo Moreno

Mapa Infoparticip@ assesses whether the information on municipal websites allows any person to find out who is governing and how collective resources are managed, with the aim of promoting improvements. It is a project managed by the Laboratori de Periodisme i Comunicació per la Ciutadania Plural de l’UAB (UAB Laboratory of Journalism and Communication for Plural Citizenship).


By Mar Santamaria and Pablo Martínez

atNight is a research project that maps out the more intangible aspects of the contemporary city using digital technologies and Big Data.


By Eli Vivas and Francisco José Moya

Fuga2 is a collaborative and interactive map that analyses the brain drain in Spain and how the country’s body of researchers has been affected by the crisis and by cuts made in R&D. The project won second prize at the BBVA Foundation’s InnovaData data journalism awards this year.

Open Data i Open Gov at Barcelona City Council

By Carles Agustí and Sergio Jerez (Barcelona City Council)

Over two years ago now, Barcelona City Council launched the Open Data Barcelona project, to make the administrative data generated through municipal activity accessible for everyone. This project forms part of the City Council’s Open Government strategy, which consists of opening more data and improving their reutilisation, with the aim of generating economic activity that reuses or exploits these open data.

How to work with local authority data

By Lluís Sanz and Isaac Aparicio

In this session, the data of Open Data Barcelona was analysed, and they explained how to work with them and how to obtain more from them.

Explaining Stories with Data. The Case of the New York Times

By Aron Pilhofer

Aron Pilhofer has directed, since 2007 an experimental newsroom team at the New York Times, made up of journalists and IT specialists who work to explain stories based on the use of software, data and journalistic skills. This team is responsible for building tools to cover major stories such as the London Olympic Games, the US presidential elections of 2012 and, more recently, Hurricane Sandy.

Presentation Datanalysis15M

By Juan Linares

Datanalysis15M is a project that studies how the 15-M movement altered the agenda of the traditional media. Explanation of the research hypothesis, methodologies and main results. Transmedia mobilisation through practical cases explored recently by Datanalysis15M.

Errors of Data Journalism. The Colibrí Project

By Diego Pascual

The Colibri Project is a citizens’ initiative that aims to act as a bridge between the community of programmers and journalists and the website of the Spanish Government in order to facilitate access to the information that can be found on the website in question. Based on the experience of programming the Colibri Project Diego Pasqual will tell us about what has been learned: “a great lesson on how not to do things, from analysis, to the design and implementation of the architecture, and I would like to share with you how not to go about an open data project “.

Land Quest: relations between cooperation and multinationals in Kenya

By Eduard Martín Borregón

Through data journalism, it is possible to map flows of money of the private sector and of cooperation, helping to visualise the relationships between people, data and development policies. The investigation project Land Quest explains the dynamics in Kenya, a country where two interests are in confrontation: European aid and the quest for profits by the great oil multinationals.

Ivàlua: Evaluating the impact of public policies

By David Casado and Federico Todeschini

Ivàlua (Catalan Institute for Public Policy Evaluation) is a public consortium whose mission is the promotion of the evaluation of public policies and programmes of the third sector in order to improve their design and effectiveness. It has participated in the evaluation of the active policies of the Catalonia Employment Service and the evaluation of the plans of the Department of Education.

The Citizens’ Municipal Observatory: How citizens can work with data

By Enric Pons

The Citizens’ Municipal Observatories (OCMs) are formed by groups of people from different municipalities committed to encouraging transparency and citizen participation on a municipal level. From the Citizens’ Debt-Auditing Platform they promote municipal audits in order to strengthen the control by citizens of municipal budgets and public debts.

Data Archiving: the Case of the Terrassa Historical Archive

By Joan Soler

Data archiving has to allow a change in the classical view of archives and open them up to the general public more than ever before. The new paradigm of archives includes understanding them as pools for the distribution of released, historical data with a context and above all that is useful for everyone. Datafication, at the same time, has become the final frontier that archives need to overcome: it is necessary to offer data in exploitable formats and offer tools that facilitate data selection. This is the philosophy applied at the Terrassa Historical Archive (AHT) and at other institutions. Joan Soler explains how they work at the AHT, what data archiving involves, and what it can offer.

How does the Los Angeles Times work with Data?

By Ben Welsh

As it’s always a good idea to put things into perspective, this latest session leaps into the international data journalism scene with the journalist Ben Welsh, Director of the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. Ben offers an insight into the reality of this field at the Los Angeles Times and explain how his department works.

For years now, data journalism has claimed its place within the editorial offices of many media outlets in the United States, Great Britain and Latin America. This is a good opportunity to talk about how this journey was made by the Los Angeles Times data journalism team: from how the Data Desk began to how it is structured, focusing particularly on specific stories, particularly in the city of Los Angeles, and looking at the way they have approached different cases (election results, crime alerts in L.A. neighbourhoods, etc) that have earned them international recognition.

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Data Journalism. Presentation of Projects