About Us

HEI-DA offers the resources, time and expertise to achieve innovative digital projects.

Our vision

We are open and transparent in all the work we do. That's why we'll always thrive to share the data for our projects and share results of our research.

We believe both organisations we work with and members of the public will benefit from our activities.

Organisations we work with will gain more knowledge and skills on how to work with open data (as well as any other data) and how they can use it and share it in innovative ways online

The innovative web projects (web documentaries, features, interactives, web applications) created by HEI-DA in partnership with these organisations will help support their mission and raise public awareness in the topics that matter to them

The open data movement will spread further and gain greater scope

Members of the public as well as media professionals will get to learn about new trends and skills in the niche field of data journalism, open data and web innovation

The Data Journalism Blog will thrive to inspire young people to make a career in the field of data journalism and web innovation by providing them with tips and knowledge on how to create innovative projects on the web

Research on data journalism, practical use of open data in web interactive projects and innovative storytelling will be done and results shared across the community

Members of our community will get to be part of a network of organisations and partners which gathers at HEI-DA’s events (conferences, training, hackathons and networking meetups) to discuss challenges they face when working online. In that context, HEI-DA will bring open data projects expertise from the news industry to NGOs and other nonprofit organisations creating a place for discussion between two industries which rarely work together

NGOs, nonprofits, public bodies and media professionals will get training on how to use new digital tools and storytelling technologies

Do you think you can help? Drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you.

Data Journalism is the Future

Data-driven journalism is the future. Journalists need to be data-savvy. It used to be that you would get stories by chatting to people in bars, and it still might be that you’ll do it that way some times. But now it’s also going to be about poring over data and equipping yourself with the tools to analyze it and picking out what’s interesting. And keeping it in perspective, helping people out by really seeing where it all fits together, and what’s going on in the country. — Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web

New Approaches to Storytelling

Data journalism is an umbrella term that, to my mind, encompasses an ever-growing set of tools, techniques and approaches to storytelling. It can include everything from traditional computer-assisted reporting (using data as a ‘source’) to the most cutting edge data visualization and news applications. The unifying goal is a journalistic one: providing information and analysis to help inform us all about important issues of the day. — Aron Pilhofer, New York Times

A Way to See Things You Might Not Otherwise See

Some stories can only be understood and explained through analyzing — and sometimes visualizing — the data. Connections between powerful people or entities would go unrevealed, deaths caused by drug policies that would remain hidden, environmental policies that hurt our landscape would continue unabated. But each of the above was changed because of data that journalists have obtained, analyzed and provided to readers. The data can be as simple as a basic spreadsheet or a log of cell phone calls, or complex as school test scores or hospital infection data, but inside it all are stories worth telling. — Cheryl Phillips, The Seattle Times

An Essential Part of the Journalists’ Toolkit

Data journalism is another way to scrutinise the world and hold the powers that be to account. With an increasing amount of data available, now more than ever it is important that journalists are aware of data journalism techniques. This should be a tool in the toolkit of any journalist: whether learning how to work with data directly, or collaborating with someone who can. Its real power is in helping you to obtain information that would otherwise be very difficult to find or to prove. — Cynthia O’Murchu, Financial Times

A Remedy for Information Asymmetry

Information asymmetry — not the lack of information, but the inability to take in and process it with the speed and volume that it comes to us — is one of the most significant problems that citizens face in making choices about how to live their lives. Good data journalism helps to combat information asymmetry. — Tom Fries, Bertelsmann Foundation

We'd love to hear from you

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