I come upon examples of bad practice in publishing government data on a regular basis, but the Universal Jobmatch tool is an example so bad I just had to write about it. In fact, it’s worse than the old-fashioned data service that preceded it.
Earlier this year I spoke at the BBC’s Data Fusion Day (you can find a liveblog of the event on Help Me Investigate) about data journalism workflows. The presentation slides are embedded below (the title is firmly tongue-in-cheek), but I thought I’d explain a bit more in a series of posts – beginning here.
Data journalism workflow 1: Set up data newswires
Most newsrooms take a newswire of some sort – national and international news from organisations like the Press Association, Reuters, and Associated Press.
Data journalism is no exception. If you want to find stories in data, it helps to know what data is coming out, when it comes out.