PANDA is Waiting for You
2011 Knight News Challenge winner Christopher Groskopf announced at the PBS MediaShift blog today that he’s releasing a stable 1.0 verion of the PANDA Project.
PANDA is a data library for newsrooms where reporters can upload data sets to share with others. Instead of hunting through endless spread sheets, PANDA provides search capabilities to quickly find what you’re looking for.
An immediate benefit of using PANDA — or a searchable, data storage tool like it — is increased information at your keyboard while reporting.
Via the PANDA Project:
PANDA encourages serendipity in the reporting process. By having access to all the newsworthy data in your newsroom you will uncover information you might have otherwise overlooked. For instance, a search for the name of a state senator might return a dataset of his political affiliations, a record of his graduation, a list of bills he has sponsored and a brother who is an energy lobbyist.
It also improves overall knowledge retention across an organization:
By providing a single place to store all your newsroom’s data PANDA will encourage knowledge sharing, prevent the loss of information and slow knowledge attrition when reporters retire or change jobs. Never again should more than one reporter FOIA the same dataset.
Congratulations on the milestone.