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More Than Boring Numbers: Data Journalism on Social Media


How might we best tell data-driven stories on social media? DW and the European Data Journalism Network (EDJNET) want to experiment with different approaches. A guest post by Kira Schacht and Gianna-Carina Grün.


Thursday, January 16th, 2020


Meet us @ Datafest Tbilisi


When: November 7th to 9th

Where: Tbilisi, Georgia

What is it?
Datafest is the first data conference in the Caucasus: three days dedicated to data and communication of all stripes. The event brings together media and tech people, marketers, citizen activists, and government officials who are “willing to explore the data opportunities to inspire, share knowledge, network, collaborate.”

Two representatives of Deutsche Welle will join the conference: Innovation manager Mirko Lorenz and freelance journalist Rayna Breuer will share insights on data-driven journalism, in talks and workshops. Check out the agenda spreadsheet for more details.


Tuesday, November 6th, 2018


Hackathon “Visualizing Global Inequalities”: Here’s what we came up with.


79 bottles of Club-Mate, 30 hours of research and coding, 27 participants, six media institutions, three jurors, two outstanding AR concepts/prototypes, one outstanding DDJ tool, lots of great ideas, and one common goal: these are the key figures behind the hackathon we got to host in the scope of the DW Global Media Forum (GMF) earlier this month.


Monday, June 25th, 2018


YourDataStories Project Update

Are you curious about YDS?

Numbers speak their own language – we help you translate it 
The last months have been an exciting time. We, the YourDataStories consortium, did not only enjoy the autumn colors but also brought our data-based platform out to shine.


Friday, December 22nd, 2017


Making #opendata more accessible and transparent


Moving from setup phase to prototyping

Time is passing quickly and YourDataStories (YDS), our research project on making #opendata more accessible and transparent, is already beyond the first year of its three years project duration.

As projects go, the first year was full of first steps: Setting up the consortium, creating the necessary project structures and communication lines as well as establishing a basis for the actual development. Activities ranged from setting up the technical infrastructure to gathering and analysing the main user requirements for the envisioned application.


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


Reads in Tweets – December 2015

Short and tweet: Five tweets from last month you shouldn’t miss.

Reads in Tweets Cover Images December 2015
We spend quite some time reading social news from around the web and there is lots of good stuff out there. We’d like to share what we found: Here’s our list from December.


Thursday, January 7th, 2016



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Reads in Tweets – August 2015

Short and tweet: Five tweets from this month you shouldn’t miss.

We spend some time reading social news from around the web and there is lots of good stuff out there. We’d like to share what we found: Here’s our list from July.


Tuesday, September 8th, 2015


Reads in Tweets – June 2015

Short and tweet:
Five tweets from this month you really should have read by now!

We spend a lot of time reading social news from around the web (with Twitter as our main source): On DDJ & Dataviz, storytelling, new technologies, verification, journalistic business processes and so much more.

There is good stuff out our there, and we’d like to share what we found. So every month, we compile a list of five tweets/links, that we think are worth reading and hence sharing here for you to read.


Monday, June 29th, 2015


What’s Your Data Story?

YourDataStories_logoData is everywhere nowadays, from social media to goverment spendings. But how to make sense of it all, how to access the relevant information within?

YourDataStories (YDS) takes a closer look at Open Government Data (OGD) to find a way to make this information easily accessible, understandable, transparent and sharable for everyone.

YDS focuses on methods from data-driven-journalism (#ddj) and data-visualisation (#dataviz), building a solution that allows for easy discovery, analysis and interpretation of #opendata. The aim of the project is to create an ‘interactive canvas’ enabling citizens to write their own data stories and share them across the web.

The development will be driven by three different use cases dealing with public expenditure in Greece and Ireland as well as the spending and effect of development aid from the Netherlands, increasing transparency in these important areas of public interest.

The project runs from February 2015 – January 2018.

Bring me to the YourDataStories website | Twitter: @YDS_EU


Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


2014: A year of progress in how newsrooms worked with data

With every new trend, interest goes up and down. Only strong trends keep developing and reach new levels of productivity – as generally described in the Gartner Hypecycle. One such trend is „data-driven journalism“. The term became very much talked about over the last years since its appearance in 2010, describing workflows for finding, checking and visualizing data for better (and deeper) reporting.


The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014 via FlowingData

As this is early 2015 the question is what progress did this specialized form of journalism make in 2014?


Tuesday, January 27th, 2015