I'm a software developer and data wrangler working on methods to support effective journalism, activism and civic participation.

Recent blog posts

  • Why influence mapping matters to journalism 13.12.2014 Building Grano started with a desire to map political and economic influences. Developing it further has made us re-examine our motivations: why would journalists want software to help map out the connections between people in politics and industry?
  • What if journalists had story writing tools as powerful as those used by coders? 03.12.2014 When software developers write code, they often use tools called IDEs, integrated development environments, that provide contextual information needed to manage the complexity of modern software. What would such a workspace look like, if it were designed for journalism?
  • Oil Rush on Edgar Creek 12.11.2014 I've worked with OpenOil in an effort to find oil contracts which have been been published as part of filings to the US stock exchange regulator, the SEC. While these contracts are not usually public, companies are required to file full contract documents as part of their annual reports under certain conditions.
  • Grano advanced queries, and Linked Data 01.09.2014 The sad story of how the need for complex queries lead me to try and migrate grano to use linked data.
  • Civic Patterns, a language for news and citizen engagement design 25.06.2014 We're launching a catalogue of design patterns for civic engagement that is aimed not just at digital NGOs, but also media organisations.
  • Opening up Europe's procurement data 15.05.2014 After three years of advocacy, collaboration and data scraping, the public procurement data of the EU is now easily accessible to journalists.
  • OffenesParlament: Open Data-Projekt sucht neues Team 20.04.2014 Nach drei Jahren Arbeit am Gesetzgebungs-Tracker OffenesParlament muss ich das spannende Projekt nun an ein neues Team abgeben.
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