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Data Journalism Bootcamp in Chisinau, Moldova | Deadline 4 November 2013

Do you want to learn how to extract, analyze, and visualize public data to give your stories the most impact? If you’re a young journalist, journalism student or a data enthusiast, check out our event website and apply for our data journalism bootcamp!

The data is out there – now it’s time to make sense of it (and have fun)!

Our host country for the event, Moldova, became one of the first 16 countries in the world to launch an open data portal in April 2011, and has subsequently released hundreds of datasets under the World Bank’s BOOST initiative.

The goal of releasing this data is so that it can become actionable intelligence: a launch pad for investigation, analysis, and improved government accountability and public service.

Open data improves transparency and, transparency mitigates risks of corruption, but, only to the full extent if this data can be analysed and understood by citizens.

Journalists are in a unique position to assist with making data actionable, by distilling complex information to the public in a comprehensive and meaningful format if equipped with the skills to manage this influx of data. This is where we are here to help!

(See: Open data for accountable governance: Is data literacy the key to citizen engagement?)

UNDP and the E-governance Centre in partnership with the National Youth Council of Moldova,MediaPointCentre for Young Journalists of Moldova and the Centre for Independent Journalism are giving the opportunity to 30 young journalists, developers and citizen activists to learn essential skills for the rapidly growing field of data journalism.

If you participate, you’ll be part of a two day event where you’ll learn:

  • How to use data scraping and cleaning tools
  • How to analyse data
  • What tools can help you to visualize data
  • How to extract and present stories from the data

You’ll also get to take part in a data expedition.

Apply now, the deadline (4 November) is fast approaching!

The Bootcamp will be held on 22-23 November in Chisinau, Moldova

Source: Voices from Eurasia

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