Free Our Data: How We Made Sense of Huge Datasets
Simon Rogers, editor the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, explains how, why and to what benefit his paper makes their datasets public.
The relatively short talk is from the recently concluded Strata Conference where data democratization was one of the core themes discussed.
Simon Rogers… explained how he and other journalists organized large datasets from the information released by Wikileaks, and even published them on Google Docs so they would be easy to share. “What if we put [the data] out there,” he asked, “and let people help us generate stories?” Rogers estimated that out of this experiment came 10 to 15 published Guardian stories, many of which he estimated their journalists, himself included, may not have caught on their own.