Tag: dataset

by Rodrigo Davies

Statistician and political polling analyst Nate Silver recently came to MIT’s Communications Forum at Comparative Media Studies to discuss his career — from student journalist to baseball prognosticator to the creator of FiveThirtyEight.com, one of the world’s most influential political blogs. He was in conversation with Seth Mnookin, a former baseball and political writer who […] more »

by Lisa Evans

2013 is going to be a big year for the spending stories project. In 2012, as we explained in more detail on our blog, we improved usability of our platform for spending data and developed stronger community ties around the world. Now we’re primed to roll out some really empowering resources for the open spending […] more »

by Joe Germuska

First and foremost: Thanks to our early users for helping us make [PANDA](http://mediashift.org/idealab/2011/08/panda-aims-to-make-data-analysis-easier-for-journalists-and-well-be-at-ona237.html) better! At the [NICAR conference](http://mediashift.org/idealab/2012/02/journo-coders-take-nicar-12-to-a-whole-new-level059.html) in St. Louis, we helped almost two dozen PANDA servers enter the world in less than an hour. We’re hoping this is a sign that we’ve made PANDA easy enough for many newsrooms to install. Plus, our […] more »

by Lucy Chambers

This piece was co-written with Eric King, human rights and technology adviser at [Privacy International](https://www.privacyinternational.org/), and comes as Privacy International launches a new data release about companies selling surveillance technologies. Today, the global surveillance industry is estimated at around $5 billion a year. But which companies are selling? Which governments are buying? And why should […] more »

by Lucy Chambers

This article was co-written by Martin Keegan, project lead for Spending Stories. How public funds should be spent is often controversial. Information about how that money has already been spent should not be ambiguous at all. People arguing about the future will care about the present, and if data about past or present public spending […] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

In September, the complete PANDA team met at ONA in Boston to review our survey responses, organize them into features, and plot a development road map for the year. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. On our wiki, you can see […] more »