LA NACION DATA Website

Meet the team!

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Project Description

LA NACION DATA website is not just a website, it´s a strategy, a project and a team. The strategy has to do with the commitment of using data to tell stories and expand the use of data, preferably open data, to activate demand of public information, in a country that just passed a FOIA law.

The internal strategy is to work in teams with journalists, tv producers and infographers so we just facilitate the data and help in the investigation or analysis, but they are the ones who domain the topic and know how to tell the stories.  Seguir leyendo

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Mapping Jacarandas

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We used data from the city of Buenos Aires, regarding trees.

In November the city turns into lightblue due to the precious trees named Jacarandas.

We made a data visualisation with Tableau Publlic, mapping each piece.

 

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WiDS Buenos Aires

 

As a way to reach the community and focus our strategy vision we partnered with Stanford University, as a local host for Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field.

LA NACION & the Engineering Faculty at Universidad de Buenos Aires hosted the 2nd edition in Argentina.

https://www.widsbuenosaires.org 

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The event presented more than 20 female speakers and + 300 participants throughout the day.

 

 

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Candichat, an interview to the candidates through WhatsApp

Date of publication

17-10-2017

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Description of the project

This project was conceived to join citizens and candidates to legislator in view of the crucial legislative elections in Argentina in 2017. To achieve an attractive experience for any user, it was designed a platform which simulated a conversation with politicians through WhatsApp -the communication means most widespread among Argentine people. Answers were real and questions had been already made to candidates who privately answered through WhatsApp to a LA NACION journalist. All candidates were made the same questions, and then each user may choose any question to “chat” with his/her candidate. When LA NACION interviewed candidates through WhatsApp, they were specially asked to use all available resources of the communication application: audio, emojis, videos, etc.  Seguir leyendo

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Where and Why energy cuts off in Buenos Aires

Date of publication

12/3/2018

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https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2115529-donde-y-por-que-se-corta-la-luz

Other links

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2116113-por-cortes-en-2017-edenor-y-edesur-devuelven-a-los-usuarios-casi-200-millones

Description of the project

Argentina has an energy crisis mainly related to a frozen fee scheme maintained for about 10 years of the Kirchner administration and an electricity generation and distribution lack of investment.

This project was based on data collection with time schedule on a daily basis, from 4 websites with the purpose of determining if it is correct the perception of any relationship between energy cutoffs of electricity distribution companies (Edenor and Edesur) and extreme temperatures.

Said Project also determines which ones are the districts more affected by the cutoffs, if said cutoffs are worse or better and it also arrives at any other conclusions related to electrical energy, including the sources of generation.

The production for the article about energy cutoffs on the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires consisted of two articles published at the same time: one of them was printed and published on the front page as regards a discount given by service providers (Edenor and Edesur) to people affected by the energy cutoff from March to August 2017 and another article published on the homepage of the website about districts in Buenos Aires and greater Buenos Aires that were more affected between January 2017 and January 2018, said articles focused on the causes for this problem.

The database compiled with daily scraping 4 websites was published as a table with open data to download

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Chronology of a violent day: the most dramatic hours

Date of publication

18-12-2017

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Description of the project

It was a minute-by-minute coverage of the events occurred the day of the legislative debate of the pension system reform at the House of Representatives at the City of Buenos Aires. Several social organizations made protestation in different areas of the city to show disagreement about the bill submitted by the Executive Power.

A few minutes before constituting quorum for the transaction of business, it began a violent confrontation between demonstrators and the police which resulted in a historical day of violence: there was commotion in the streets of Buenos Aires with wounded people, persons under arrest and damages.

What makes this project innovative?

Although many news articles have been written on this regard, the order of information established for this article was useful for people to have a better comprehension of events and an order of the events in the middle of an information chaos. The use of infographies, photographs and videos were useful to show the audience a more correct dimension of the most important event of the last few weeks of the year.  Seguir leyendo

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How do we make information on salaries and retirement pensions of ex-officers available?

Date of publication

23/4/2017

Link to article

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2015545-las-pensiones-de-los-ex-presidentes-un-beneficio-con-algunas-disparidades

Other links related

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2078653-zaffaroni-el-ex-ministro-de-la-corte-suprema-con-la-pension-mas-alta

Description of your project

LA NACION Data team explores every day about government databases and great volumes of public documents apparently “lost” on the Argentine legislation. This work allows to find not only new sources of information but also data which become important sources for news stories that have never been told.  Seguir leyendo

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Life insurance of the crew members of the ARA San Juan

 

Date of publication

7/3/2018

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Description of the project

After the disappearance of the ARA San Juan, we began researching at LA NACION the purchases made by the Argentine Navy for the maintenance of the submarine. Without any specific hypothesis as a starting point, we cared about understanding the general context of the disappearance of the ARA San Juan. As we went deeper on this matter, we researched on the SAR (Search and Rescue) Operation and the help provided by other countries.

However, we asked ourselves what part of the whole system we were not aware of, what elements we did not consider. So, we decided to request access to information in order to know about the life insurance of the crew members. The request was made on December 6, 2017 to the Ministry of Defense. Said request included a large number of questions. The Ministry began providing the answers at longer intervals as the internal institutions provided the documents.  Seguir leyendo

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Malvinas

Project Description

In 1982, the civilian military regime that ruled Argentina at that time sent conscripted soldiers who were not even 20 years old to fight in Malvinas against the British Army. Many of them died at the island and other 121 soldiers were buried in unnamed tombs and with heartbreaking words on it: Argentine soldier only known by God. Thanks to an ex combatant and to scientific work done in 2017, the Argentine state began to compensate said debt by identifying the tombs and notifying the families who finally knew where the soldier rested in peace.

Our production team wanted to pay tribute to those forgotten soldiers: we designed a big interactive infography that places the image of each soldier on his respective tomb, then we made contact with their families to know how their soldier was and how they, as family, lived all this time. By going through the structure of the interactive infography of the cemetery, the information of each soldier is displayed allowing thus each user to navigate the information structure.   Seguir leyendo

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LA NACION (Argentina): Open Data Journalism for change

Meet the team!

Open Data Journalism for Change

Since 2011 when LA NACION Data was launched as an open data journalism initiative, its strategy has been the same: to do data journalism AND to open data.

The vision we have is that each set of data that is published means that more knowledge is released.

The first step to make datasets famous is to become open data USERS. And if there is no open data, no problem, we need to become PRODUCERS and transform from closed formats to open data. We have to find and convert public information, so we file FOIA requests, we use more than 8 OCR engines combined with processes that automatize the feed from that closed PDF to a database adding rows in a database per month or daily, and we even type from handwritten data files. 

We also host civic marathons for opening data. Beside publishing products and services, we attended every launch of a data portal hosted by government ministries or secretaries (Open Argentina ConfScience & Technology, Justice, Agroindustry, ACUMARPrisons, province of Buenos Aires, city of Bahía Blanca, city of Pilar), NGO (Education Project) or Universities Data Lab (Di Tellaand report about it in our blog.  Seguir leyendo

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