Analyzing the Research Literature on Data-driven Journalism

Last week, my colleague Robert Gutounig and I attended the Dubrovnik Media Days in Croatia to present a paper on which we have been working on in the past months together with Michael Oppermann: A structured literature review on workflows in data-driven journalism.

Download the Slides (PDF)


Neues Buch: Digitale Methoden in der Kommunikationswissenschaft

Digitale Methoden in der KommunikationswissenschaftIn den vergangen Monaten ist viel Herzblut in dieses Projekt geflossen: Das von Axel, Christina, Monika und mir herausgegebene Buch: Digitale Methoden in der Kommunikationswissenschaft.

Sämtliche Inhalte sind frei online verfügbar.

Aus der (leicht angepassten) Ankündigung:

Auf knapp 350 Seiten versammelt der Band insgesamt 14 Beiträge unter anderem zu Ethik im Umgang mit Big Data, digitalen Methoden im Datenjournalismus, zur Analyse sozialer Online-Netzwerke wie Twitter und Facebook und der Messung von Personalisierung bei Google. Alle Beiträge können auf  oder im Open-Access-Repositorium SSOAR kostenfrei heruntergeladen werden. Auch der komplette Band steht für alle diejenigen bereit, die sich das Buch gerne via Print on Demand ausdrucken möchten.


I-KNOW 2015 Best Demo Award for the Styrian Diversity Visualization Project

Update: Hooray, we won the I-KNOW 2015 best demo award for our work. Congrats to Keith Andrews and Thomas Traunmüller who were the main drivers behind that paper.

iknow2015-best-demoBack in the summer of 2013 I drafted a concept for a visualization platform that would show the diversity of the Province Styria using open census data: Similar as in many news apps, users would interactively engage with the data visualization, find out more about their socio-economic situation in comparison to others, and thereby learn about the diversity of federal state.

The idea was then further developed by my colleagues Thomas Wolkinger and Keith Andrews. After a number of concept iterations, the Integration Department of the Government of Styria asked our Institute to develop such a platform in collaboration with Graz University of Technology. Thomas Traunmüller, Eva Goldgruber and Robert Gutounig came on board. While I was on educational leave, the four continued the work. Now it is almost finished and will go public soon. The launch will be accompanied with blog posts about diversity, published on our data blog. (more…)

A new blog on journalism and PR with data

In Graz at the Institute of Journalism and Public Relations more and more of our students want to learn how to report and communicate with data. Also, we work on a few research projects that fall under this theme. Therefore my colleague Thomas and I decided to start a blog that brings the different initiatives together under one roof. Named after the pioneering online publication at the Guardian, we call it the Datablog.

FH Joanneum’s Datablog occasionally publishes text and news about data journalism and related topics such as open data or freedom of information. It also serves as a public practice site where the students will experiment with new formats and publish their findings about data journalism. The blog will be a publication channel for our classes and research projects. Most of it will be in German.

The student projects of last year’s data journalism class are already online, more content will follow in the next weeks. Check it out:


Participating in Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Programme

For years I have wanted to attend the Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Programme, but I never applied for it. Either I missed the application deadline, or I had other plans for that period. However, at the beginning of this year, I managed to hand in an application and I am really excited that I have been awarded with a spot.

Together with 29 other young Internet researchers from all over the world I will be staying for two weeks in Oxford’s Hertford College in the first half of July. We will discuss our dissertation research and attend classes on Internet research theory and methodology. The tutors are drawn from the OII’s own faculty, with additional guest seminars by visiting faculty. I look forward to meeting them as well as my fellow participants. The official hashtag is #oiisdp.

New side project: Good deeds for good data

Gute Taten für gute Daten, which means “good deeds for good data”, is a new side project of mine that I run with a few others under the umbrella of Open Knowledge Austria.

The objective of the project is to free important datasets about the Austrian federal state that matter to the general public. We do that because progress in open government data in Austria has been slow in the past years compared to other countries. Especially ministries and other institutions of the federal state have been rather reluctant to publish their data in open, machine-readable formats. If you take a look at, the official Austrian open government data portal, you will only find a few datasets from these important institutions but many more from provinces and municipalities.


Visiting Scholar at Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society


Two of Berkeley’s landmarks: The Campanile (in the back) and the Doe Memorial Library.

It has been a while since this blog has received an essential update. This happened mainly because I moved to the U.S. to begin my time as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. I have been here for exactly two months and will stay for almost another half a year. I also maintain blog that covers my spare time experiences and is updated more frequently – it is written in German, since it is intended for my family and friends at home.


Julian’s Databyte #3: New Research on Data Journalism. And More.

This is a new issue of Julian’s Databyte, an occasionally published compilation of links, news and reviews from the world of open data, data journalism, internet research and political entertainment.


#Aufschrei: A dynamic Co-Hashtag Analyis (Updated)

In the past weeks, I have been working together with Christian on a Twitter analyis that focuses on the agency of hashtags in political debates. Below are the slides of our talk we gave at DGPuK 2014, the annual conference of the German Communication Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Komunikationswissenschat). Update: Yay, our contribution won the “Best Paper Award” at the conference.


Rektor Pfeiffer bei einem Tee mit… Julian Ausserhofer

Bei meinem Arbeitgeber, der FH Joanneum, gibt es den so genannten Rector’s Blog, in dem Rektor Karl Pfeiffer aus seiner Arbeit berichtet. Immer wieder werden dort auch MitarbeiterInnen und ihre Tätigkeiten vorgestellt. Vor kurzem hatte ich die Ehre, auf einen Tee mit dem Rektor zu gehen. Und weil der Blog nicht öffentlich zugänglich ist, reposte ich hier das Interview.

Rektor Karl Peter Pfeiffer und Julian Ausserhofer

Rektor Pfeiffer und Julian Ausserhofer, Mitarbeiter am Studiengang „Journalismus und Public Relations (PR)“, trafen sich am Campus Graz auf einen Tee.