Datastore

Datastore allows you to find useful resources such as datasets, code, tools, and tutorials, and makes it easy for you to share your own materials with other people working in the data journalism field.

For now, we are featuring free, English-language tutorials that help you improve your ddj skills, but later Datastore will also include other resources. Scroll down to find online course, followed by best-practices and hints and tips, and finally more technical instructions about different tools and programming languages.

All the elements are tagged, so you can easily look for help on ‘data visualisation’, ‘data cleaning’, ‘scraping’, and so on!

Course: Managing data journalism projects

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • LEARNO

A 20-minute online course. Instructor: Jacopo Ottaviani. ‘In this course you will learn: How to manage a data journalism project from the start until publication. You will learn all about the different processes and tasks…

Course: Doing journalism with data: First steps, skills and tools

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • LEARNO

A multi-part course teaching the basics of data journalism. Instructors: Paul Bradshaw, Alberto Cairo, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, and Nicolas Kayser-Bril. ‘Comprising of video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings and discussion forums, this course is open…

Course: Bulletproof data journalism

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • LEARNO

A 2-hour course course. Instructor: Stijn Debrouwere. ‘Make sure you know how to protect your work against all kind of errors that could arise from working with data. In this course, you will learn more…

Course: Cleaning data in Excel

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  • Free
  • LEARNO

A 1,5 hour course. Instructor: Maarten Lambrechts. ‘Anyone with a little experience in working with data knows: data often is messy. Datasets with errors, missing values, wrong formatting: before beginning an analysis or visualising data,…

Course: Mapping for journalists

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • LEARNO

A 2-hour online course. Instructor: Maarten Lambrechts. ‘The vast majority of stories published in the news have a geographical dimension: knowing and telling where something happened is part of good journalism. In a lot of…

Course: Charting tools for the newsroom

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • LEARNO

A 2,5 hour course that presents three different tools for creating charts. Instructor: Maarten Lambrechts. ‘Charts and maps have become ubiquitous in todays newsrooms. They convey stories with numbers much better than text alone does…

Video: Building a compelling argument with data

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  • Free
  • Data Science Central

Video published in November 2017. Instructor: Robert Kosara. ‘Telling stories with data sounds like a great idea, but often you simply want to make a clear and compelling argument. How do you do that? In this…

Course: Data visualisation for storytelling and discovery

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • Journalism Courses

Course published in June 2018. Instructor: Alberto Cairo ‘In this course you will learn how to use visualization to discover trends and patterns in data, and also how to communicate with graphs, charts, and maps,…

Course: Intro to R for journalists: How to find great stories in data

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • Journalism Courses

Course published in July 2018. Instructor: Andrew Ba Tran ‘In this course, you will learn how to use the statistical computing and graphics language R to enhance your data analysis and reporting process. You’re going…

Statistics for people in a hurry

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  • Free
  • Towards Data Science

Article published in May 2018. An 8-minute read. By Cassie Kozyrkov. ‘Ever wished someone would just tell you what the point of statistics is and what the jargon means in plain English? Let me try to…

Three ways to annotate your graphs

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  • Free
  • Data@Urban

Article, published in March 2018. A 5-minute read. ‘Amanda Cox, the editor of the Upshot at the The New York Times, once said that, “The annotation layer is the most important thing we do…otherwise it’s…

Lessons for showcasing data journalism on social media

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • The Economist

Article, published in June 2018. A 4-minute read. By Marie Segger, data & social journalist at the Economist. ‘How do you make data journalism stand out on social media? This is the question I am…

UX design: How to use animations in mobile applications

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • Tubik Studio

This article presents examples of how animation can make charts and visualisations more impactful. Published in June 2018. A 7-minute read. ‘In UX design, app animations present the area for endless creative search as well…

Book: Fundamentals of data visualization

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • Claus O. Wilke

By Claus O. Wilke. ‘The book is meant as a guide to making visualizations that accurately reflect the data, tell a story, and look professional. It has grown out of my experience of working with students…

The Quartz guide to bad data

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  • Free
  • Quartz

‘As a reporter your world is full of data. And those data are full of problems. This guide presents thorough descriptions and suggested solutions to many of the kinds of problems that you will encounter…

Visualising the uncertainty in data

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  • Free
  • FlowingData

By Nathan Yau. ‘Statistics is a game where you figure out these uncertainties and make estimated judgements based on your calculations. But standard errors, confidence intervals, and likelihoods often lose their visual space in data…

What to consider when choosing colours for data visualisation

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • Chartable

Published in June 2018. By Lisa Charlotte Rost. ‘Consider if there is a better alternative to gradient colors when encoding your most important values. Gradient colors can be great to show a pattern, e.g. on…

Animating uncertainty

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  • Free
  • Jim Vallandingham

Published in June 2018. ‘The area I really wanted to explore more was around how animation was used to visualize the notion of simulating possible outcomes from an uncertain future. As the reactions around the…

How to visualize recurring patterns

  • Tutorial
  • Free
  • FlowingData

By Nathan Yau. ‘For when the same things keep happening over and over again. Seasonality. Redundancy. Repetition. Things have a way of repeating themselves, and it can be useful to highlight these patterns in data….

Useful R functions you might not know

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  • Free
  • Computerworld

Published in May 2018. By Sharon Machlis. ‘Almost every R user knows about popular packages like dplyr and ggplot2. But with 10,000+ packages on CRAN and yet more on GitHub, it’s not always easy to…

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