Miguel Paz

by Miguel Paz

It’s time to transform open data from a trendy concept among policy wonks and news nerds into something tangible to everyday life for citizens, businesses and grassroots organizations. Here are some ideas to help us get there: 1. Improve access to data Craig Hammer from the World Bank has tackled this issue, stating that “Open […] more »

by Miguel Paz

In a country split by political polarization, what role can journalism and the use of data play in improving the quality of debate in the public interest? This is an important question in Venezuela, a country in which President Nicolás Maduro claims to speak to the late President Hugo Chavez’s spirit through a “little bird” […] more »

by Miguel Paz

Let’s say you would like to map politicians and their connections, build a semantic database of companies and top executives in a specific industry, or create a visualization of lobbyists and their clients. With Poderopedia’s new Plug & Play Platform, now you can. It’s free and open source. Fork it! After winning the Knight News […] more »

by Miguel Paz

As Simon Sinek says in “Start with Why,” great leaders inspire action because what motivates them is the meaning of a situation, not what to do or how to do it. Sinek’s TED Talk is a must-see. Sinek explains how the Wright brothers, young farmers who never finished high school, became the first to build […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The Poderopedia platform helps show the relationships among the elite in a country or region, especially in places where power is concentrated in the hands of a few people. After winning the Knight News Challenge in 2011, we launched Poderopedia in Chile last fall, with the goal of mapping who’s who in business and politics […] more »

by Miguel Paz

A week after Poderopedia launched its public beta, the response it’s been getting has been huge. So far, close to 800 users have registered on the website; it’s receiving an average of 26 new facts and connections per day; there are request to create local Poderopedia chapters from people in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, […] more »

by Miguel Paz

That’s right: The world did not end when we launched Poderopedia’s Public Beta this Wednesday at 12:12 p.m. in the Chile time zone. So please come in, check out the menu, and grab a bite of our editorial and crowdsourced data journalism website that uses public data, semantic web technology, and network visualizations to map […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The last months for the Poderopedia team have been full of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and learning again in a never-ending iteration process. In the beginning of November, we started our private beta testing with friends and family, fixing bugs and updating the platform in order to release our public beta in December. When […] more »

by Miguel Paz

Citizen heroes who are recognized by their fellow citizens in Juárez City; how people from Panama fight corruption and denounce violence and crime; what we’re building in Chile to show you who’s who among the elite and their possible conflicts of interest — all of these are part of the Latin American experience you’ll be […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The past month and a half has been very busy for us at Poderopedia. We settled into a large office space in Ariztía Lab, a building with a cultural heritage in the heart of the immigrant area in downtown Santiago, with our friends from Urbz Chile. We hired Rodrigo Guaiquil and Mónica Ventura, two great and […] more »