Data journalism

The Guardian has decided to start a data journalism page (thanks to Matt for sending me the link the other day). The page lists a number of statistics heavy stories, such as “how countries compare in science and technology jobs” or “natural disasters of the last ten years,” and don’t just list the data, but also prove a way to download it in excel format.

The data sets are very small, but still fun to look at; however, the idea of data journalism as whole is pretty intriguing. Wouldn’t it be amazing if with stories and reports that relied on statistics, journalists started providing the raw data as well?  Of course some  proprietary and privacy issues would have to be treated with care, but a lot of worthwhile things could come out of such a news format.

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