GIJN: What the Experts Expect for Data Journalism in 2019

Global Investigative Journalism Network: What the Experts Expect for Data Journalism in 2019. “With the global spread of data journalism, the advent of artificial intelligence and the increasing use of big data alongside a rapid rise of disinformation, GIJN asked data journalism experts around the world what they anticipate for 2019. Here are their thoughts on the major trends, ideas and technologies that will affect how we do our jobs.”

Quartz: The US plans to stop releasing its most detailed census data

Quartz: The US plans to stop releasing its most detailed census data. “As a data-focused journalist who writes about economic and demographic trends, I use census data a lot. Specifically, I rely on the individual-level microdata that is released by the bureau and turned into an easily usable format by the Minnesota Population Center. I am among tens of of thousands (pdf) of data analysts who rely on this data to study American poverty, health, and population patterns. The US Census announced this week that, because of privacy concerns, this microdata will no longer be made widely available.”

Online Journalism Blog: How Periodista de Datos aggregated over 300 journalists in Spain and Latin America to help data journalism collaboration

Online Journalism Blog: How Periodista de Datos aggregated over 300 journalists in Spain and Latin America to help data journalism collaboration. “In July an aggregator of data journalists from Spain and Latin America was launched under the name Periodista de Datos. Four months later, Maria Crosas Batista interviewed Félix Arias, project lead with Miguel Carvajal, to find out more about how the project came about — and where they plan to take it next.”

Stanford University: Stanford scholars are helping journalists do investigative journalism through data

Stanford University: Stanford scholars are helping journalists do investigative journalism through data. “A team of Stanford University scholars are launching a data-driven initiative to help journalists find stories at a lower cost, to support local newsrooms explore public interest issues and fight against misinformation.”

Knight Center: Learning materials for popular online course on programming language R are now available

Knight Center: Learning materials for popular online course on programming language R are now available. “An online course on the complex programming language R recently ended with more than 3,300 registered students from 131 countries and all instructional materials for the course are now available. The materials are available to the general public and will act as an ongoing resource for those who are interested in learning more about R.”

Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database

Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database. “An expansive new version of the Citizens Police Data Project has been unveiled by south-side journalism production company the Invisible Institute. The database, created by independent journalist Jamie Kalven, was already the largest public repository of Chicago police misconduct records. Now it’s quadrupled in size to include more than 240,000 misconduct complaints made against more than 22,000 CPD officers going back to the late 1960s. The database has also been enhanced by the addition of Chicago Police Department use-of-force reports and officer commendation records.”

Google Blog: Making it easier to discover data in Search

Google Blog: Making it easier to discover data in Search. “Based on feedback from 30 of the top data journalists in the world, we identified an opportunity to improve how tabular data appears in Google Search and in doing so make it easier for all people to find the data they’re looking for. It works like this: news organizations that publish data in the form of tables can add additional structured data to make the dataset parts of the page easier to identify for use in relevant Search features. One of the participants, ProPublica has been testing the structured data on its interactive databases (for example, on its Non-profits Explorer).”