Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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Data Journalism 101: A Brief Survey

July 19, 2016 by Eileen Li

Welcome to the first post in our summer data journalism research series!

To kick things off, we started with a background survey of the topic. This meant doing some online digging to figure out who data journalists are, what issues they typically report on, and where to find some notable examples of their work. Here’s what we learned!

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Digging into Data Journalism: Our Summer Research Project

July 13, 2016 by Nate Williams

This summer, we’ve started a new research project. The goal? To find out more about data journalism, and what, if anything, might make journalism-related data projects easier.

Our core question: are there any common data bottlenecks that data journalists encounter that Flex.io can help eliminate or reduce?

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Civic Hacking: Catching Up with Chi Hack Night

June 30, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

If you haven’t already heard of Chi Hack Night, you probably should.

Originally known as Open Gov Hack Night, this weekly gathering of open data aficionados, data scientists and civic technology mavens is a fixture in the Chicago data ecosystem. The community shares a common mission “to build, share and learn about tools to create, support, and serve the public good.”

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Prepare your Data. Rinse. Repeat.

March 14, 2016 by Ken Kaczmarek

As everyone knows by now, data is the new black. Conventional wisdom says businesses will either be data-driven or be at a serious competitive disadvantage.

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Watching the Watchdogs: Open Data and the CFPB

January 14, 2016 by Tyler Patterson

One of the most important promises of open data from government agencies is the potential for greater transparency.

As Jeni Tennison, technical director of the Open Data Institute, puts it:

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Improving Data Access: Getting Past Step One

November 4, 2015 by Ken Kaczmarek

In my previous post, I explored commonalities found in any given “data project.” Here we’ll run the first of the five gauntlets: data access.

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