Angelica Peralta Ramos, multimedia development manager, La Nación in Argentina, gave an insight into the challenges of doing data journalism.
In her ISOJ talk, she explained how La Nacion started doing data visualisations with few resources and in a less than friendly government environment.
Peralta pointed out that Argentina ranks 100 out of 180 in corruption index. The country does not have a freedom of information law and it not part of the open government initiative.
But there is hope said Peralta. La Nacion wanted to do data journalism but didn’t have any programmers so they adopted tools for non programmers such as Tableau Public and Excel.
One of its initiatives involved gathering data on inflation to try to reveal more accurate inflation levels.
The newspaper has been taking public data and seeking to derive meaning from masses of figures.
For example, La Nacion took 400 PDFs with tables of 235,000 rows that recorded subsidies to bus companies to figure out who was getting what.
It is using software to keep track of updates to the PDFs to show how subsidies to the companies are on the rise.
Peralta’s short presentation showed how some media organisations are exploring data journalism in circumstances which are very different to the US or UK.
La Nacion have a data blog and will be posting links to the examples mentioned by Peralta.