Tag: data

by Rahul Bhargava

Can a vegetable tell a story about food access in Somerville? Yep. “70% of Somerville Public School students receive free or reduced lunch” – laser-cut onto a cucumber. In public settings, it can be quite hard to get folks walking by interested in a data-driven argument about your cause. We often argue that a creative […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

The basic concept behind The State Decoded is both simple and obvious: Create a platform to display laws in a nice, understandable way, using the data already present in those laws. So why hadn’t anybody done it before? Because it’s too hard to do perfectly. The State Decoded is not perfect, by design. Its definition […] more »

by Hetali Lodaya

It’s no secret at Reese News Lab that I’m obsessed with Twitter. From live-tweeting webinars to eavesdropping on summer startup meetings and broadcasting some of those gems to the world, I am convinced of Twitter’s value as an information-spreading platform (and am happy to take any converts along for the ride). But just like any […] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

How can we use data to improve our lives, our communities, and the world at large? At the recent Microsoft Design Expo, students from eight universities showcased design projects along the theme of “making data useful.” To prepare for the Design Expo, students take a semester-long course, in connection with a liaison at Microsoft Research. […] more »

by Dan Sinker

Data is a buzzword nowadays. Whether it’s sifting Big Data to influence business, or the promise of Open Data to transform government, or Data Analytics winning elections, data is constantly in the news. But one thing that gets glossed over in all the buzz is that data is hard. Really, really hard. One of the […] more »

by Phillip Smith

I’m working on a fun little project at the moment that involves pulling data out of a Google Spreadsheet that is being curated by a team of journalists. The interesting thing about this project is that it so clearly illustrates the difference in thinking between people who regularly work with databases (herein called programmers) and […] more »

by Sean McDonald

Do you remember when grocery stores didn’t know you were pregnant before your parents? Or when newspapers couldn’t find naked pictures of you by looking through your phone? Boy, those were the days (When did I get this old?). Still, there’s no escaping it. Things are digitizing. Everywhere. Whether you’re registering to vote in Washington […] more »

by Chris Sopher

A version of this post originally appeared on the Knight Foundation blog. Knight Foundation’s John Bracken, director of journalism/media innovation, contributed to this post. Now that 2012 has come to an end, we want to give you an update on the Knight News Challenge. For 2013, we’re planning two News Challenges. The first will focus […] more »

by Anne Wootton

This post was co-written by Bailey Smith, co-creator of Pop Up Archive. When we talk about the changing face of media on the web, archiving isn’t generally the first subject to come up. As we were beginning Pop Up Archive, we grappled with the fact that it’s hard to show the vibrant, innovative side of […] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

Can high-resolution data and innovative technology help us create better representation of women in the news? I believe so. Over the next year, my thesis project is to design a series of articles, artistic pieces, and technologies for gender equity. I’m going beyond mudslinging and hand wringing to apply technology in constructive ways that can […] more »