On August 24 in Amsterdam the European Journalism Centre is running a conference called “Data-driven journalism: What is there to learn?”
Oh, man. I hope the American journalists are listening in. Because there’s a lot to learn, in both senses: 1) what patterns and insights can we get from the data, and 2) how can we better deploy the technology?
Infoviz is finally gaining widespread renown as a storytelling technique/analysis tool, and I predict that publications will eventually need to use it if they aim to keep current readers and entice new ones.
As a longtime journalist and infoviz evangelist, I’ve been looking forward to this convergence. It may sound corny, but I believe that when information is depicted clearly and intelligently, the graphical evidence really can help people understand the problems they share and point the way to new solutions.
Communication breaks down all around us — why not use as many effective techniques as possible?