photo by Aspiration Tech
There’s no better example of the global scale of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project than the dualing hack days we sponsored this weekend, in New York City and Buenos Aires.
In New York, we gave money for travel scholarships to bring top-notch developers to town to take part in the Wall Street Journal’s Data Transparency Weekend, which brought over 100 developers and privacy experts to town to create tools to “help people see and control their personal data online.” The hackathon grew out of the Wall Street Journal’s excellent ongoing series that looks at how your online footprint is being used by corporations.
photo from Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires
Five-thousand miles to the south, we sponsored the Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires ShowTimeLine Hackathon, which brought 45 developers together to work on making new time-line based visualization tools. The OpenNews sponsorship went to hosting the hack day, as well as a small amount of seed money to keep projects going afterwards.
The team of developers and journalists in Buenos Aires took a series of different approaches to displaying data over time, from automatic data-and-date extraction from documents to translating preexisting timeline libraries into Spanish, and more.
These are exactly the kind of topic-driven code-based events that we’re looking to help sponsor at OpenNews. If you’ve got an idea brewing for a journalism hack day, we’d love to hear about it. Let’s work together to make this year the year of journalism code.