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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.
    Media Picks #4 – Lean journalism, cooking up an app storm, suggestive headlines

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #4 – Lean journalism, cooking up an app storm, suggestive headlines

    Posted By Alastair Otter

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    For many of us the new year is the traditional time to be re-evaluating lives, making resolutions and planning for the year ahead. So, if

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    (New) Adventures in Ubuntu

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    (New) Adventures in Ubuntu

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    There was a time I was a Linux and free software evangelist. Over the past few years, however, work and life have conspired to make me a Windows user, albeit a reluctant one.
    A few weeks ago I bought a new cheapie laptop (an Acer

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    Media Picks #3

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #3

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    With the end of the year in sight retrospectives and predictions abound, headed up by Nieman Labs’ Predictions for Journalism for 2015. If you haven’t already checked this out it is definitely worth putting on your holiday reading list.
    Subscribe: If you’re keen to join

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    Media Picks #2

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #2

    Posted By Alastair Otter

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    Podcasting is apparently back and there are dozens of excellent podcasts you ought to be listening to (this american life, serial, startup, radiolab, all songs considered, twit) but now we have an excellent new home-grown podcast in Jonathan Ancer’s

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    Media Picks #1

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #1

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    We’re nearing the end of 2014 at a rapid pace. So what better way to kick off the almost-holidays than with a new little side project? I’ve been failing dismally at maintaining my blog this past year so I’ve decided to get a head-start on

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    Hacking education data: a school finder

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    Hacking education data: a school finder

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Earlier this year, as part of another project, I downloaded the South Africa education department’s list of schools. At the same time I had a copy of the 2013 matric results for all public schools (at that stage in PDF format). It occurred to me

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    Instagramming the city

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    Instagramming the city

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As part of some testing earlier today I was playing around with Instagram. I’ve never been a heavy user of Instagram but I was looking setting up an account for our newsroom. Along the way I got distracted by some of the great pictures I

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    Easy map visualisations with Mapstarter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    In the world of data visualisation d3.js is the toolset of choice for most interactive journalists. But D3 also comes with a steep learning curve that makes it relatively inaccessible to the average journalist with just a small amount of coding experience.
    I’ve done some very basic

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    Tour de France in numbers

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    Tour de France in numbers

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    So the tour is under way. Some numbers:

    Learn About Tableau

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    Learning curves, and graphs

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    Learning curves, and graphs

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’m rather pleased with this interactive graph, not because it’s particularly good but because it’s my first foray into D3.js.

    Over the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of data-based work and while there are some excellent data visualisation tools available on

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