There are many tools available to turn data into graphics, whether you want to show trends or explain and improve the understanding of complex issues. Not many of these tools are designed to respond to the specific needs of journalists who work on a deadline and are not trained as visual designers. The recently launched data visualisation tool Datawrapper aims to meet these needs.
Datawrapper is built by journalists for journalists. It was created by Mirko Lorenz and Nicolas Kayser-Bril for ABZV, a German training institution for newspaper journalists. It is available in German, English and French. The website received over 3.000 visitors in the first two days alone and newspapers have already started to use the tool.
For more information, please visit the website.
we are thrilled about the reception Datawrapper got so far, although this only beta. The very, very best thing that happens: We see people succeeding with the tool - the number of charts produced with Datawrapper is astounding. We - as the developer team of Datawrapper - would like to offer writing short tutorials for specific datasets: How to find good data, how to clean it up and then, finally, visualize and publish it using Datawrapper (that's the fun part).
The intention of the tutorials would be to show beginners the needed steps, based on interesting, but simple use cases.
Datawrapper will not work for anything and everything, but for many uses the tool already provides a fast way to get the data out.
Please let us know whether you would be interested in anything particular - you can even point us to data sources you would want to examine.