NODA2015: Digest for a data journalism conference

Nordic Data Journalism Conference, NODA, will fire off on Friday, and even those unable to attend should have something to look forward to. Here’s a sneak peek.

The second installment of NODA will be held in Ålesund, Norway, and hosted by a local daily, Sunnmørsposten. It’s also affiliated with a number of academic institutions and private companies. The event will mix professional and academic interests and feature both practical workshops and theoretical discussions. The conference is modest in size, aiming to gather around 200 attendees, even though this was already exceeded by the first conference in 2013.

The conference program is divided into four themed tracks: “shaping the digital future”, “the data journalist”, “Hands on / workshop” and “science and journalism”. The event is bi-lingual, featuring session in both English and Norwegian, with the academic track being all-English. The conference tracks start on Friday, but a pre-conference hackathon will be held already on Thursday evening.

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11.00 Resistance to technological change?
Joakim Karlsen and Anders Sundnes Løvlie: To walk the walk. Journalism, practice and innovation.
Sunniva Relling Berg: Mostand mot og vilje til digital publisering.

13.00 Big data: Access and application
Cristina Marco and Jens Barland: Bridging the gap between journalism and natural language processing: A tool for the automatic classification of Norwegian texts.
Turo Uskali: Critically Speaking: Open Data as a Source for Data Journalists.
Heikki Kuutti: Access to official data – the case of Finland.

14.00 Big data: Access and application (continued)
Ahmed El Gody: ‘Manual’ Data Journalism and the Egyptian Revolution.

15.00 Technology and media organisations
Lars Nyre, Joao Ribeiro and Bjørnar Tessem: Bringing to market academic prototypes for data-driven journalism.
Ivar John Erdal: Muligheter og begrensninger i plattformuavhengig nyhetsjournalistikk.
Jon Hoem: “4k til 720” kinematografi i videojournalistikk.

Summary – recommendation for future conferences.


11.00 Journalism in the laboratory
An informal sit-in about experimental methods and business models. Chaired by Lars Nyre.

15.00 A summary of the Research and Science track of NODA15.

Notice: All academic track sessions except for the summary will be held in Gangerolv B. Summary session will be held in Bankettsalen.


The official Twitter hashtag for the conference is #NODA2015, and the event’s Twitter account is @nodaconf. Further information is available on the conference’s website, here.

A member of the NODA 2015 scientific committee, Turo Uskali, of University of Jyväskylä, is the leader of the Journalism Research News project.


Edited on 28.1.2015: Article title was changed to conform to JRN’s stylistic guidelines. The original title was “Things to look forward to at Nordic Data Journalism Conference”.
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