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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:

Datablog

Fellowship am Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft in Berlin

[English Version below]

Erfreuliche Nachrichten: Ich gehe für drei Monate im Sommer nach Berlin, um am Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) zu forschen. In der Zeit werde ich mich insbesondere mit einem Projekt über Arbeitsabläufe im Datenjournalismus beschäftigen. Ich freue mich sehr über die Einladung.

Übrigens suche ich noch ein Zimmer oder eine kleine Wohnung in Berin und vergebe in der Zeit auch mein Zimmer in Wien. Wer mir da weiterhilft bekommt eine original Wiener Sachertorte. Alle Details zur Aktion auf den Seiten, die ich extra dafür eingerichtet habe.
Sacher Torte at Sacher Cafe

[English Version]

Great news: For three months this summer I will be in Berlin to conduct research at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). I will do a research project that investigates workflows in data journalism. I am really happy about the invitation.

By the way, I am still looking for a room or a small apartment during in Berlin and I will let my room in Vienna during this time. The person who helps me with this gets a delicious Original Sachertorte. Please find all details on the deal on the pages I have created specifally for that purpose.