Datajournalism: Visualising Donations to Irish Political Parties with Processing

What: Investigative Datajournalism: Visualising Donations to Irish Political Parties with Processing
When: Friday 19th of April, from 10 to 4.30pm
Where: Hosted by Recyclism Hacklab
Who: Workshop led by Dave Young
How: Required Materials: Please bring your own laptop

In recent years, numerous open-data intiatives (both government-sponsored and independent) have gained coverage in the mainstream media, to the point where today they can be considered an integral aspect of contemporary journalism. Wikileaks, the Guardian’s Datablog, and the NY Times Linked Open Data project have illustrated the political power and influence of data in the information age, but how can we gain a meaningful understanding of all this data if it resides in seemingly endless rows and columns of numbers and text? In this case, data visualisation becomes a useful and powerful mediator, extracting a message from the ‘raw data’ and communicating it to an audience.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Processing to explore a database and create a useful visualisation that might expose new insights into the dataset. We will work with a database of donations given to the Irish political parties during the period 1997-2008.

Dataset available here →
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Led by Dave Young [IE/NL].
Dave Young is an artist, musician and researcher currently studying the Networked Media course at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, NL. His research deals with the Cold War history of networked culture, exploring the emergence of cybernetic theory as an ideology of the information age and the influence of military technologies on popular culture.

Originally from Ireland, he studied his BA Fine Art in the Media course at NCAD, Dublin. While there, he was a founding member of the Dodo Collective, an artist/curator collective focused on exploring the issues surrounding digital art and obsolescence. The Dodo Collective staged a number of events and exhibitions in various retail spaces around Dublin left vacant as a result of the economic crisis.

Since moving to the Netherlands in 2010, he has been working as a producer of exhibitions, providing technical support for galleries, and also teaching technical workshops in Processing, Pure Data, and Arduino. Recently, his work has been presented at festivals such as Liwoli (Linz, At) and Transmediale (Berlin, De). → →

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