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Tool of the week for journalists: Data.gov.uk’s map-based search

Tool of the week: Data.gov.uk’s map-based search

What is it? An option of searching for data sets by geographical location

How is it of use to journalists? Since the launch of Data.gov.uk just over two years ago, and the promotion of open government data, the site has become a go to place for many journalists in search of a data set.

The site now has a map tool which allows you to search for data by location, potentially useful for journalists working on local news sites, newspapers and radio stations.

The map-based search allows you to draw a search area, submit the area and find data relating to that location.

Not tried your hand at data journalism? This guide written for Journalism.co.uk by Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian’s Datablog tells you how to get a grip with data journalism.

  • Journalism.co.uk also offers a one or two-day course in data journalism, led by Kevin Anderson. The next introduction to data journalism courses are being held on 9 May or 28 May. The intermediate data journalism course will be on 29 May. Those looking to expand their skills quickly can book on both courses, turning it into a two-day course and saving £50 on the course fees.

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  • http://location.defra.gov.uk David Buck

    Having just stumbled across this article, I thought you may be interested to know that the UK Location Programme (who commissioned the tool) are providing an update in the next couple of months on data.gov.uk.

    David Buck
    UK Location Programme
    Communications Manager

  • http://journalism.co.uk Sarah Marshall

    Thanks for letting me know. Keep me posted on the the update. Sarah at Journalism dot co dot uk.

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