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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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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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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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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Ranking of absence in Congress: which are the political party factions with more absences

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Description 

As part of the Legislative Elections in 2017, an analysis of absences was made among representatives from the last renewal of seats in December 2015 to September last year. The number of absences in the Lower House at the moment of voting was analyzed and it was further detailed according to each political party and the Province that elected them. Finally, it was made a list with the names of the representatives with more absences and those representatives who were never absent.

Many of the members wanted to be reelected so the purpose of this article was to show the percentage of representatives who are present to cast their vote.

 

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LA NACION DATA TEAM (ARGENTINA)

Project Description

Since 2011 LN Data has been a strategy, a content initiative and a team whose goals are to facilitate open data journalism in LA NACION and impact for change in Argentina.

Our team has been formed by the same initial three members, Ricardo, data engineer for investigative reporting in LN Data, Flor, research and training in digital media trends and open data and Momi Peralta. We grew from there year after year. Today we are 10, including  data miner Gaby, data producer Romina, two back and front end developers Nico and Cristian, a librarian and archivist Gabriela and two journalists with data and scripting skills Carolina and Bianca 2017.

But the truth is that  we are never just 10 because our strategy is not to be a special centralized investigative unit, but a platform for all our newsroom to facilitate data, innovation, technology and skills for data journalism crossing all platforms and sections including LA NACION in its Tv channel.

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Mapping Prosecutor Nisman phone interceptions

 

Date Published

18/1/2018

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Project Description* 

We reused our database of 200 hundred audios and for a new anniversary of Prosecutor Nisman’s assasination, we published an interactive map to listen audios by location, as a playlist.  Seguir leyendo

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Open Collaboration :: Senate Expenses

Using our online collaborative platform Vozdata for Crowdsourcing, we continued during 2017 to open PDFs from Senate Expenses.

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/gastos-senado

and this year, during a civic marathon at LA NACION we got the visit of the new appointed Director of Senate Transparency. Take a look at our Facebook Album!

 

 

 

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