Data Journalism /Branch Meeting

Two speakers will give a presentation on Data Journalism at the next Dublin Freelance branch meeting at 7pm on Monday 15 November 2010 at Buswells Hotel in Dublin.

Francis Irving and Julian Todd will speak about Data Journalism: Mining the Public Record. (See information below.)

Motions for the next NUJ Delegate Meeting (DM) will need to be decided at our branch meeting next week. If you wish to submit a possible motion and will not be attending the meeting then please contact one of the committee members as soon as possible.

Likewise if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda for the meeting please contact us this week.

Data Journalism: Mining the Public Record

Francis Irving and Julian Todd are British computer programmers and activists for freedom of information. Together they co-founded Public Whip and developed of the affiliated TheyWorkForYou website, a project which parses raw Hansard data to track how members vote in the UK Parliament. Initially risking prosecution for re-using the raw data which was under Crown copyright, the developers of Public Whip were later successful in getting permission to use it. In 2004 Public Whip was recognised in the New Media awards. In 2008 The Daily Telegraph rated TheyWorkforYou 41st in a list of the 101 most useful websites. The successful Irish website is based on the work of TheyWorkForYou, and does the same job tracking Dail Eireann.

A copy of the minutes from our last meeting and the agenda for our meeting on November 2010 will be emailed out to you later this week.

Barbara Lindberg

NUJ Dublin Freelance Branch Secretary