Author Archives: Christine Prefontaine

Workshop: Communicating data effectively with visualizations

Eric Barrett, from Jumpstart Georgia put together a workshop on communicating data effectively with visualizations. The workshop was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on April 23 & 24, 2013. Here are Eric’s notes. (And here are the notes that I took during the workshop. They’re a bit messy…) Introduction A few sample visualizations: New York Times: The Jobless [...]

Open North: Online tools to educate and empower citizens

Open North is a nonprofit that creates online tools to educate and empower citizens to participate actively in democracy. They develop tools for civil society and governments that reduce barriers to effective participation, improving access to government information and by making participation fun, easy, and meaningful. They also directly with government, civil society, and media [...]

Unconference basics

How unconferences differ from traditional conferences There is no predefined agenda. The attendees — that’s you! — decide at the beginning of the day which topics they’d like to discuss and engage in. Everyone participates. If you attend a session, it is because you want to learn, share, and contribute to the discussion. No one person [...]

Tbilisi Civic Media Festival: 19 April 2013

The Tbilisi Civic Media Festival explored ideas, projects, and technologies that foster dialogue, advocacy, and civic action. We were especially interested in the use of data, mapping, and visualizations. The festival was facilitated in English, with many sessions held in Georgian. WHAT: Tbilisi Civic Media Festival THEME: Ideas, projects, and technologies that foster dialogue, advocacy, [...]

LittleSis: A Database of Connections

Creator(s) The Public Accountability Initiative Description LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. It aggregates public data from several sources and maps influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and affiliated institutions. LittleSis advances transparency and supports the work of journalists, watchdogs, and [...]

Dr.Pop: How to Research a Slumlord

Creator(s) Dr. Pop: Andrea Gibbons (text), Gilda Haas (video) Description Video overview of how to research a slumlord, along with instructions and resources Use Learn how to use social network analysis for advocacy; get ideas about where you might find similar data sources in your country (or advocate to open them up!) Date April 2010 License [...]

Valdis Krebs: Uncloaking a Slumlord Conspiracy with Social Network Analysis

AUTHOR Valdis Krebs DATE 2010 SOURCE LICENSE Copyright Valdis Krebs “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis A client of ours — a small, not-for-profit, economic justice organization (EJO) — used social network analysis (SNA) to assist their city attorney in convicting a group of “slumlords” of various housing violations that [...]

Nathan Yau: 5 misconceptions about visualization

AUTHOR Nathan Yau DATE September 23, 2011 SOURCE LICENSE Creative Commons BY-NC 1. Visualization is for making data flashy This is probably the most common one. It’s easy to look at a lot of the best visualization projects and want your data to look and feel the same way. So people ask, “I have [...]

Geoff McGhee: Journalism in the Age of Data

Creator(s) Geoff McGhee Description An annotated video report on data journalism Use Data journalism is an excellent way to get into data visualization because it teaches you tell a story visually with a specific goal Date 2010 License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License View Go to interactive website, or view the series of nine [...]

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

Creator(s) David McCandless Description Video overview of data visualization, along with review questions and resources Use Understand basic concepts of good data visualization Date July 2010 License Copyright TED Conferences, distributed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license Download Video embedded below David McCandless turns complex data sets, like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook [...]