The European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation have joined forces to create the Data Journalism Handbook, a “free, open source reference book for anyone interested in the emerging field of data journalism.” The central tenet of the handbook is exploring “how data can be used to create deeper insights into what is happening around us and how it might affect us”.
Though the handbook is written for journalists, it provides useful advice for anyone who wants to understand data and effectively communicate results to others. This could include scientists, teachers, activists, or just anyone who wants to better understand the world.
It covers such important topics as:
- Using Data Visualization to Find Insights in Data
- Start with the Data, Finish with a Story
- Presenting Data to the Public
- Engaging People around your Data
As I’ve talked about before, we are entering the era of big data, with the internet providing access to a growing amount of easily accessible data on a wide range of topics. There’s a lot to be learned from it all, if we only know how to look.