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Published (first published December 22nd 2011)
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Dani Arribas-bel
The book is a short compilation of experiences encountered by The Guardian journalists in dealing with what is come to be known as "data journalism". Throughout eight chapters, several loosely related topics are exposed, from what they consider "data journalism" is to how crowdsourcing can help it.

It really is a short read, but I think it should have actually been shorter. Some of the chapters feel too forced to be in the book, almost just to fill pages. As an example, the last one is a simple c
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Strange book. The content is good, but the chapters just tend to end with little finality. The problem is that there is actually very little to read. This is two different books smushed into one: a look into info-journalism; a collection of cool info graphics.

My problem with the book is that as you read the chapters, there are accompanying graphics that are tangentially connected to the narrative. Normally, you read a chapter and you see a graphic it actually further informs the argument. You w
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Picked up lots of pointers and story ideas from here. Geeked out as I flip every page.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
An interesting overview of the data journalism strategy used by The Guardian. Good descriptions of basic data analysis, and some excellent (often depressing) examples of different data sets used and made accessible by The Guardian. Implicit within it are hints for organisations making their data public, inlcluding don't use pdfs. Also highlights fact that once data is public, people will work out a way to analyse it.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Short, clearly written and a genuinely interesting work on how the way data is used by the Guardian team. Not a lot of technical detail on the way that data is processed. I enjoyed it but it left me wanting more insight and to want to play with some open data for myself. Perhaps that's the point of the book?
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my first experience of a Guardian Short and I've found it a good one. I got a bit grumbly about the 4 errors I spotted (3 x spelling, 1 x fact) but other than that I found this to a well put together book with interesting content written in an engaging fashion (but I do like data!). Will probably take a look at some of the other Guardian Shorts.
Mike Benner
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well written book that is stuffed with seemingly useless data until the author ties it altogether. The Guardian has always been at the forefront of data journalism and this book gives some insight to why that is. Quick read that is a must for any data junkie.
Alex G
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Mostly a collection of previously published articles. A few interesting insights into the inner workings of the Guardian data team.
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Información interesante sobre periodismo de datos, pero al final, disperso y un poco escaso.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book, sparse on prose and arguably light on detail, but fascinating nevertheless.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very useful and thought provoking introduction to data journalism and analysis.
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Simon Rogers is the founding editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and has won numerous awards for his work, including a Royal Statistical Society’s award of excellence in 2012.

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