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Data & GIS Services

Resources for Data Journalism

Journalism in the Age of Data from Geoff McGhee on Vimeo.

The Data Journalism Handbook

A collaborative, free e-book introducing data journalism including case studies, and tips to find, understand and communicate data.

Data Driven Jornalism 

A hub for news and resources from the community of journalists, editors, designers and developers who use data in the service of journalism. On our site you’ll be able to:The website is part of the European Journalism Centre’s Data Driven Journalism initiative.

Doing Journalism with Data

ProPublica Data Store

A small but growing collection of datasets made available from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and other ProPublica reporting efforts. 

Data & Visualization Tools

Data Wrangler

Powerful tool to transform spreadsheet data into relational format.

Open Refine

OpenRefine is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; extending it with web services; and linking it to databases like Freebase.


Easily plot data and add annotations for professional and readable charts.


Plot data with a variety of visualization methods, export high quality images, embed, or share online.


Create high quality visualizations with several layouts and export in SVG or PNG for further design, or embed and share via HTML. Built on the D3.js library, this tool contains next-generation tools for visualization, without the need for javascript programming. 


Powerful and flexible data visualization software. Create and share interactive visualizations on the web. Get started with Tableau with free online training.


Graph and network data visualization tool

Timeline Storyteller

An open-source expressive visual storytelling environment for presenting timelines in the browser or in Microsoft Power BI.

Web Mapping Tools

ArcGIS Online

A powerful web-based GIS platform for mapping and spatial analysis. See example Story Maps at 


Easily create and share dynamic interactive web maps.

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Infographic Tools

General Purpose Data Sources