Open data in itself is not enough to make a difference in development, people need to be engaged in what the data is saying, which is why infomediaries such as journalists are so important in the open development community. Journalists can create information from the data and find stories which can make the most impact. Here is the process to get from data to the story:
- Finding Data – find the data that is suitable to answer your question
- Wrangle the Data – bring it to a format that is useable
- Merge Datasets – Bring different datasets together
- Filter and sort the Data – Pick the data that is interesting
- Analyze Data – Is there something to it?
- Visualize Data – If there is something interesting in the data how can we best showcase it to others?
- School of Data: Telling a story - some tips for finding and telling a story with data http://schoolofdata.org/handbook/courses/tell-me-a-story/
- Deloitte University: Telling a story with data - Deloitte University has created a guide to telling stories with data, and what to include and what to avoid when transforming data into information: http://dupress.com/articles/telling-a-story-with-data/