Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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Alex Richards is an investigative data reporter at NerdWallet, a personal finance website that empowers people to make and manage financial decisions. His previous work at the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and publications like the Chicago Tribune and the Las Vegas Sun, such as his reporting on Las Vegas hospitals whitewashing life-threatening complications, have earned him accolades such as a Pulitzer Prize nod in...

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! About our survey In our research, we unearthed an abundance...

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? Why data journalism? Flex.io is all about making data projects more efficient. Most of our previous experience has been working hand-in-hand with...

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.” When it started in 2012, the...

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. But, as everyone also knows by now, it takes significant effort to get raw data refined before you can extract its sweet analytic elixirs. Flex.io is a productivity tool that falls squarely into this world of data preparation. However, data preparation is a pretty...