On 2nd December 2016, the KCL Digital Humanities Department of King’s College (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/index.aspx) has organised its first data journalism hackathon workshop. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with Open Knowledge (https://okfn.org) and the EU project SoBigData (http://www.sobigdata.eu) and took place in the the beautiful Anatomy Museum of the Strand Campus.
During the workshop, the 32 students of the KCL Data Journalism Course (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/study/pgt/modules-2016-17/optional-modules/7AAVDM12.aspx) collect, analyse and visualise data on a series of societal issues including:
The work of the students was guided by a number data and issue experts including:
and was supported by professional data journalist
Finally, a small team of academics was present to support and facilitate the work:
Divided in small groups the students and the experts worked hard the for an entire day ‘crunching’ data coming from different source, validating their reliability, analysing them with advanced statistical methods and visualising them through the various static and interactive diagrams. A partnership with the French start-up Matlo allowed the participants to use a particularly advanced ‘exploratory data analysis’ tool.
Once finalised the data stories produced during the workshop will be published at http://www.tommasoventurini.it/wp/kcldataj/
And here are some pictures of the event: