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There is a future if there is truth

We dedicate a special issue of our newsletters to the final report of the Truth Commission because …

July 6, 2022

Datos y Guaros: Colombia and the 2022 Pandemic Elections

See the projects presented in the latest edition of our Data and Guaros.

May 18, 2022

Sucre Cultural Map: A Project with the Datasketch Label

Sucre Information System and Cultural Map had its premiere on May 13. Datasketch worked on data …

May 17, 2022

The First Edition of the Global Data Barometer Is Now Available

The first edition of the Global Data Barometer took place on May 11, and Datasketch participated in …

May 11, 2022

Text Visualization: Word Clouds

Data visualization is usually related to graphical representations of numbers, but when the …

April 28, 2022


Access to public information is a fundamental right for citizens to build better relationships with …

April 9, 2022

Data Culture and Datasketch

Our approach to data culture encompasses open data, algorithmic art, textile art with data, …

April 7, 2022

Open Data Day: Futurology and Prospecting

Did you miss Cami Bohórquez's talk as part of the Spinning Futures 2050 project? Don't worry, we …

March 22, 2022


We strike for femicides, gender violence, rape, harassment and condescension.

March 8, 2022

#8M - Women in Data Science

Let's break gender gaps in data science #UnstoppableWomen #8M

March 7, 2022

Russia and Ukraine's Military Strength: Same Data, Different Visualizations

The military strength of Russia and Ukraine can have different visualizations. We consider here the …

February 28, 2022

The Visualizations of the Tension Between Russia and Ukraine

The media have focused their attention on the tension between Russia and Ukraine. Their graphics and …

February 18, 2022

Reflections for Democratic Data Governance in Colombia

We reviewed Colombia's draft National Data Infrastructure Plan, collaborating with the Karisma …

February 14, 2022


Digital technology promises to speed up processes, but what do we stand to lose when we give up a …

February 1, 2022

Corruption Perceptions Index 2021

Perceptions of corruption levels worldwide have stagnated over with no significant improvement in …

January 25, 2022

Numbers in the newsroom

Five tips on numbers and figures that can take your research to another level.

December 27, 2021

The 30-Day Map Challenge 2021 highlights

In the fifth issue of our Data Journalism newsletter, we announced the #30DayMapChallenge 2021 in …

December 3, 2021

CILA 2021 - Participatory and Transparent Governments

We cover the panel "Participatory and Transparent Governments,” which kicks off three days of …

November 18, 2021

Climate Change is a Matter of Social Justice and Human Rights!

Xiomara Acevedo tells us about young journalists' path to confront climate change and strengthen …

November 12, 2021

Empowering Women to Join the Data Revolution

Speakers from diverse geographies and sectors discuss the critical role of women in the use of data …

October 7, 2021

Chance, Chaos, and Complexity

Chance, chaos and complexity as approaches to the world.

October 4, 2021

The limits of a formal programming world

Non-formal programming as a tool for expression, art and culture.

October 1, 2021

Data Visualization: Alluvial Diagram

An alluvial diagram or alluvial plot is a type of visualization that shows changes in flow over …

September 30, 2021

Data visualization: Sankey Diagram

The Sankey diagram is a type of data visualization that allows you to graphically represent the flow …

September 29, 2021

Copy and paste? The challenges of copyright in the digital world

"Copy and paste" practice, if copyright guidelines are not followed, can become a punishable …

September 25, 2021

3 Open Data Portals of the Madrid City Council

We review the 3 data portals of the Madrid City Council and show examples of visualization and reuse …

August 31, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Open Justice

Open justice is based on the application of the pillars of open government in the judiciary branch. …

August 31, 2021

Better Protection for Journalists Is Urgently Needed

Harassment and massive digital attacks on reporters are on the rise but are still not sufficiently …

August 25, 2021

Attacks on press freedom in Asia

We covered the event "Press in Government's Crosshairs: Persecuted Media in Pakistan and Hong Kong" …

August 24, 2021

Data Visualization: Treemap

Treemap is a type of data visualization that displays data hierarchically. Here you will find its …

August 23, 2021

Data Visualization: Bar Chart

We explain to you their characteristics, possible uses, and the different types of bar charts.

August 23, 2021

Data Visualization: Pie Chart

The pie chart is a pictorial representation of data that makes it possible to visualize the …

August 23, 2021

Data Visualization: Line Graph

Learn how to use a line chart and when, its advantages and disadvantages and which of our apps to …

August 23, 2021

Do Journalists "Hide Behind" Sources When They Use Numbers in the News?

Recommended article. We analyzed the article by Mark Coddinton and Seth Lewis published in NiemanLab …

August 18, 2021

Multidisciplinary universes: telling stories with data

Events at Datasketch House: we discussed about multidisciplinarity with Oliver Morales Agiss.

August 17, 2021

Root cause analysis: what it is, what it is for and how does it work?

We tell you what root cause analysis is, how and when you can use it.

August 15, 2021

What is data visualization?

"What numbers cannot communicate in a table becomes visible and intelligible when communicated …

August 15, 2021

Datasketch Continues on the Open Government Partnership Committee

We celebrate our re-election as members of the Committee of the OGP in Colombia for 2021 - 2023. One …

August 10, 2021

Datasketch becomes part of Colombia's new Open State Committee

Every two years, Colombia's Open State Committee, Colombia's multi-stakeholder forum for the …

August 10, 2021

What is data cleaning?

We told you the essential elements to organize and clean your data, the Tidy structure, and why we …

August 10, 2021

What is the main reason for using data visualization tools?

Why and for what purposes to use data visualization tools.

August 10, 2021

The best visualizations of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

We made a selection of the best visualizations of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Maps, medal tables, …

August 7, 2021

How to visualize the Olympic Games? Bloomberg's example for Tokyo 2020

We analyzed Bloomberg's data journalism special on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which features …

August 6, 2021

What is an infographic?

We explain what an infographic is and how we can communicate data through this graphic tool.

August 6, 2021

6 Uses of Blockchain in Public Institutions and a Warning Call

We give a brief introduction on what Blockchain is and give examples of how public administrations …

August 4, 2021

Open government for dummies: Open State

What is Open State and its implications? We examine Open State model that seeks to include the …

August 4, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Open Parliament

Open Parliament is based on implementing the pillars of open government in the legislative branch to …

August 4, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Accountability

We explain what accountability entails in Open Government and offer examples of good practices.

August 3, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Open Data

What is open government data and why it is necessary to achieve Open Government? We review the …

August 3, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Participation

Public participation and dialogue improve the relationship between the rulers and the ruled, …

August 3, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Transparency

What is transparency in the Open Government model? Transparency and access to public information are …

August 3, 2021

Open Government: Mapping Initiatives

We are creating a database of Open Government tools. Could you help us?

August 3, 2021

Open Government in Datasketch

We launched a place to discuss about Open Government. Follow us!

August 3, 2021

The Triumph of Parity in Colombia: a Historical Debt Owed to Women

Datasketch's House Events: We spoke with Ángela María Robledo, José Daniel López, Adriana Matiz and …

August 3, 2021

Open Government and Data Journalism

Governments opening up their information is vital. Journalists report data-driven stories based on …

August 3, 2021

Blockchain: the Future of Cities and Public Sector

Events at Datasketch House: we discussed with Chuy Cepeda, CEO of OS City, the blockchain …

August 3, 2021

Bitcoin, a Technology for Long-term Financial Saving

A conversation at the Datasketch house with Guillermo Valencia, founding partner of Macrowise, about …

August 3, 2021

5 tools for transcribing interviews and audios

How long did it take you to transcribe an interview or audio the last time you worked on one of your …

July 30, 2021

Algorithmic art exhibitions

The Datasketch house and shop is a space that intertwines culture, access to information and data in …

July 30, 2021

Sobremesa digital: José Asunción Silva's posthumous work data by Clementina Grillo

Datasketch house events: Sobremesa digital with Clementina Grillo

July 30, 2021


The title of this note refers to three elements that I took from the Google Chrome dinosaur game. …

July 30, 2021

5 must-read books on data visualization

A selection of books on data visualization and its trends.

July 29, 2021

Online tools to create your own website

A selection of easy-to-use website-building tools can help you create your website to share your …

July 29, 2021

Data-driven journalism: Visualizing the lie vs. revealing the truth.

Recommended article. Milagros Salazar defends the idea that a methodology to handle data must be …

July 19, 2021

"When graphics are a matter of life and death" by Hannah Fry

We summarize Hannah Fry's article published in The New Yorker on how revolutionary graphs and data …

July 19, 2021

6 Tools for converting files to open and reusable format

Discover 6 tools for converting closed files into open data, which you can use for your stories and …

July 19, 2021

6 tools to make infographics

We show you a selection of six handy tools to create infographics.

July 19, 2021

How is an algorithmic bias composed?

Algorithms and codes developed by humans get as much or more wrong than we do, but how do they work?

July 19, 2021

How to do fact-checking journalism?

The task of fact-checking is demanding and in the face of the era of disinformation and fake news, …

July 19, 2021

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

Review. This book written by Carissa Véliz raises awareness about the dangers of the new data …

July 17, 2021

Bring data to life

The job of a data journalist is to find stories in the data and in the numbers. What matters is not …

July 14, 2021

5 tools for creating interactive maps

If you need to create a map, you should check this tools.

July 9, 2021

6 films to learn about journalism

Here are six films that talk about journalism, question it, criticize it and give some food for …

July 1, 2021

Deep fake and other threats against the truth

Do you know what a deep fake is? This technology, which can be fun, carries some risks that we will …

July 1, 2021

Machines vs. Humans: Is technology the answer to everything?

We review the opinions of journalists and authors on this question.

July 1, 2021

Protect your data by protecting your passwords

We show you how to create and manage secure passwords to protect your projects.

July 1, 2021

Storytelling with Data

We look at author Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic's recommendations for creating good stories with data.

July 1, 2021

The 4 Google Earth features nobody told you about

All journalists must respond to the 5W, better known as the what, who, where, when, and why. Google …

July 1, 2021

Open Gov: Civic Participation in Taiwan

Despite not being recognized as an official OGP plan, Taiwan maintains world recognition in Open …

June 14, 2021

How I got 10.000 emails for launching our newsletter

Tips and tricks to grow your email list from people you already know. Datapreneur.

June 11, 2021

Training in Data Science for Public Officials in Madrid

Introduction to the elements of data science for public servants: open data, visualization and …

June 11, 2021

21 Recommendations for Open Vaccination

Information about vaccine purchases and distribution is not open yet. We review the Open Government …

May 14, 2021

More charts more readers: coronavirus visual stories

How two international publications used charts, graphics and data visualization to reach a wider …

May 11, 2021

Open Government for Dummies: Why Is an Open Government Important?

What is open government, why it is important and how data visualization can help.

May 11, 2021

1025 stains

There have been registered 1,025 murders of LGBTI people in latin america and the caribbean from …

February 13, 2019

5xx Not Found

More than 500 social leaders have been murdered in Colombia since January 2016.

February 13, 2019

Banana plantations

The massacres occurred in Colombia during the colombian armed conflict left 24,518 victims

February 4, 2019