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Old 09-30-2015, 03:40 PM
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An interesting recent development is data journalism. Data journalists tell stories using data. A data driven article is based on an interesting observation from the data, it includes (interactive) visualizations that illustrate the point and it often allows the reader to get the raw data.

Adding a chart produced in, say, Excel to an article is easy, but building good interactive visualization is much harder. Ideally, the data driven article should not be just text with static pictures, but a program that links the original data source to the visualization. This lets readers explore how the data is used, update the content when new data is available and change parameters of the visualization if they need to understand different aspect of the topic.


Why reporting needs innovation
There is a number of reasons why data journalism and reporting in general need better tools. When I see a report on a problem that I want to understand better, I want to be able to see how exactly is the report created and how are the inputs pre-processed. I want to be able to modify some of the parameters (for example, add another country to a comparison) or see what a different view of the data would say (look at per capita values rather than absolute numbers). Sadly, this is almost never possible. What I would like to see is an environment that offers these three properties:

* Reproducibility - ...
* Transparency - ...
* Interactivity - ...
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