For many journalists, especially those working in developing countries, coverage of sensitive environmental issues is severely constrained by a lack of accessible information and data


A comma-separated values (CSV) (also sometimes called character-separated values, because the separator character does not have to be a comma) file stores tabular data (numbers and text) in plain-text form.Plain text means that the file is a sequence of characters, with no data that has to be interpreted as binary numbers. A CSV file consists […]


Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. KML was developed for use with Google Earth, which was originally named Keyhole Earth Viewer. It was created by Keyhole, Inc, which was acquired by Google in 2004. KML became an international standard […]


The shapefile format is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information system (GIS) software. It is developed and regulated by Esri as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among Esri and other GIS software products.[1] The shapefile format can spatially describe vector features: points, lines, and polygons, representing, for example, water wells, […]


Adobe Illustrador  “is an editor of vector images” that helps to create advance design for graphics. Most of the newsrooms work with this software and it is mostly used on static data visualizations. The software is proprietary. According to Wikipedia, it was originally created by Apple Macintosh then acquired by Adobe. The latest version, Illustrator CC, […]


The African track puts together dataset reviews of regional open repositories and features geojournalism iniciatives in the continent. It also brings tutorials prepared by local journalists and developers in partnership with Code for Africa


Sensors, scraping, surveys. Different techniques of data collection can be used for creating new and necessary databases


Data munging or data wrangling is loosely the process of manually converting or mapping data from one “raw” form into another format that allows for more convenient consumption of the data with the help of semi-automated tools. This may include further munging, data visualization, data aggregation, training a statistical model, as well as many other potential […]


Datawrapper is a non-commercial, open source software, licensed under the MIT License. Use of the public version of Datawrapper is free. Alternative uses are installing and customizing Datawrapper on your own or letting us help you with professional (though billed for) customization and coding services. Datawrapper on Github.


Field Papers is a tool to help you create a multi-page atlas of anywhere in the world. Once you print it, you can take it outside, into the field, to record notes and observations about the area you’re looking at, or use it as your own personal tour guide in a new city. Keep your […]


Fusion Tables is a tool developed by Google, which allows you to store datasets and visualize them in formats like maps and charts. You can upload CSV, XLS and KML files direct from your computer. It also connects to your spreadsheets stored on Google Drive. Finally Fusion Tables is good tool for creating spreadsheets from […]

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