Stories of storytelling about UK’s EU funding

Mariana Marasoiu, Sarwar Islam, Luke Church, Megan Lucero, Brooks Paige, Tomas Petricek

In Proceedings of European Data and Computational Journalism Conference, 2018

In the context of open data, the analyst of that data is removed from the collection process. This can make data analysis extremely difficult, even impossible if the data needed to answer their questions has not been collected. We present a study aimed at exploring the difficulties of open data analysis using, as an example, the data available on EU funding to the UK. We report on some of the fundamental difficulties we observed whilst analysing this data and we suggest that by building a catalog of such difficulties we can explain the limitations of working with open data to the wider public and data publishers. Finally, we propose a methodological transition in how data analysis is viewed as part of a wider process.

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  author    = {Mariana Marasoiu and Sarwar Islam and Luke Church and
               and Megan Lucero and Brooks Paige and Tomas Petricek},
  title     = {Stories of storytelling about UK’s EU funding},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of 2nd European Data and Computational Journalism Conference},
  series    = {EDCJC 2018},
  location  = {Cardiff, Wales},
  year      = {2018}

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Published: Friday, 6 July 2018, 12:00 AM
Author: Tomas Petricek
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