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Here's a simple guide to Raw. You can make alluvial diagrams, which represents flows and changes in network structures, and so much more.
Sophie Murray-Morris shows you how to make an easy choropleth map using Google Fusion Tables to help you visualise your data.
Advice on how to make improve the readability of your posts.
How you can go about claiming your domain and improve your performance in Google searches

How to use IFTTT

Make the internet work for you with IFTTT
Data journalism is ever-evolving and so are the tools of the trade. Aside from Microsoft Excel (which I’ve blogged about here and here), these are the tools which are, in my opinion, the most useful for data journalism at...
Over the course of the year we have been privileged to hear insights from many working journalists, community managers and social media editors. Here are some of the best...
When I say "dummies", I really mean myself. Just so we're all aware. Anyway, for my final project I plan to make a fusion table of NIMBY requests in the UK, but before I do that, I figured that I...
I finally was able to visualise my UN Arms Trade Treaty vote data thanks to Mauricio showing me DataWrapper. It’s even easier to use than Many Eyes, for that reason, you’re getting a how-to guide.   1)   Same as with Many...
After a few weeks of leaving my UN Arms Trade Treaty vote data alone, it finally came to me: I overcomplicated the process. For what I wanted to do – input the data and make a bubble chart –...
Many Eyes is one of the better free online tools for making quick data visualisations - here is our guide to putting one together.
So, we all know how to use Twitter but how do we know whether anything we’re doing is being seen by anyone? And what do you do if you’ve been mindlessly using it for months with no actual strategy?
Being a student puts you in touch with new resources, but it also makes you wonder how people in real newsrooms are actually using tools to reach out to readers. So I asked some of my former colleagues what...
So, you want to be a data journalist? All well and good, but it’s important to remember to learn to crawl before you can walk, and luckily we had the Guardian’s James Ball to guide us every baby-step of...
Last week saw my first ever live-blogging attempt, a Halloween live-blog for Islington Now. It was an opportunity to cover something which was hyper-local, with lots of events to report, but also light-hearted and fun, so any mistakes wouldn’t...
Henry Taylor explores Google Fusion Tables in order to make an interactive map
George Arnett and Henry Taylor discuss the internet's newest social media debate platform
A new EU law prohibiting websites from placing cookies without user permission is set to become active in just over a month. Not only will this essentially make statistics derived from cookie-based tracking essentially worthless, it will also mean...
On the weekend of June 23, nearly a hundred thousand people will descend upon the Hackney Marshes for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend music festival. Big names such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Florence + The Machine, Jessie J, Deadmau5 and...
By Abby Young-Powell This week I have been Social Media Editor for the Hackney Post. It has been stimulating, hard work and a learning curve. Here is some of what I have learnt so far... Those who don’t know may (wrongly)...