Tutorials covering Data


Why Measure Dust?? Being able to see the dust blowing in the wind has broad implications. Today, one in eight people in the world dies from exposure to air pollution, which includes dust. This stunning fact, issued by the World Health Organization in March 2014, adds up to 7 million premature deaths per year. Air […]


The DustDuino is a customization of Arduino designed to help makers create low-power, highly customizable sensor projects. By basing the system on Arduino, the DustDuino can use “out of the box” block of code to program the device to do a number of tasks. Those blocks of code are known as libraries. For more information and background on Arduino, […]


 Open Doors and Open Data By Learning Data Jargon One of the biggest issues journalists face when confronted with the abundance of new data sources is the vast array of jargon used by technical experts communicating the nuances of their field. The  geospatial community is particularly adept at creating obscure terminology and exotic file types. Dropping a […]


Introduction The Comma Separated File format, or just CSV, especifies a data type store in a tabular manner. Each line represent a record, and each field is delimited by a comma or another separator character. This format is accepted by popular tools like Excel, LibreOffice and Google Docs, and by most of programming languages. In […]


Why Focus on Particulate Matter? The World Health Organization (WHO) took a major step by announcing that air pollution is carcinogenic to humans.WHO also announced they are considering particulate matter, a major component of indoor and outdoor air pollution, as carcinogenic to humans as well. International Agency for Research on Cancer announced today: outdoor #airpollution is leading […]


Leading media organizations are using Datawrapper, a simple and free tool, to improve their storytelling this way. Datawrapper is an interactive chart app that can be embedded into stories such as this one, which shows the Nigerian government’s proposed budget in 10 charts.


What are Field Papers? As this set of tutorials demonstrates, there are many ways to collect data for use in mapping. For most circumstances a smartphone or a GPS unit will provide connectivity in even the remotest of places but each has its limits. This is where field papers can fill the gaps. Using simple […]


Communicating During Crisis The Philippines is an island nation of more than 100 million people living  at the doorstep of climate change. Each year Filipinos face recurring natural disaster; enduring typhoons, severe drought, floods, and coastal erosion. As journalists living in a country where disaster is a fact of life, the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (which […]


You may wish to actually get at the data in OpenStreetMap and extract a spreadsheet of information – not just latitude and longitude but also every detail about each point of interest or feature.


Here we bring a collection of sources on different geodata. The way this tutorial is organized follows some of the bigger issues concerning the environmental coverage such as climate change, deforestation, water stress among many others Introduction Journalists and data visualizers cannot complain about the lack of sources on environmental issues. Because of years of […]


Open Refine (previously Google Refine) is a data cleaning software that uses your web browser as an interface. This means it will look like it runs on the internet but all your data remains on your machine and you do not need internet connection to work with it.

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