Services

Data-capture

We help you to get and organize information from public data or different websites with scrapping.

Data-cleaning

We structure databases with information from multiple databases in multiple formats. Organization of information and standardization of variables.

Visualization apps

We create public data visualization applications so that your users can know and explore databases. We use the latest technologies in data visualization to communicate information.

Algorithms

We implement artificial intelligence algorithms to facilitate your work with data, from predictive algorithms to pattern recognition.

Web specials

We develop interactive web specials based on data. The specials have different visual components to guide your readers. See examples of our specials.

About us

Datasketch is a digital platform of investigative and data journalism. Our portal allows journalists, data scientists, social scientists and citizens in general to learn and consult on data visualizations, tools, software and in-depth research on various short-term issues. We have free data tools and different projects to bridge the gap between data and citizenship that facilitates the democratization of knowledge and a critical review of social realities based on information contrasts.

Our team

Juan Pablo Marín

Electronic engineer with a master's degree in computational statistics. Expert in data science with applications in multiple areas such as economics, hydrology and journalism.

Camila Achuri

Statistics and expert in R programming language. She has developed various applications of data visualization in mobility and open data subjects.

Juliana Galvis

Politologist and candidate for a Master in Digital Humanities. She is currently leading the development of the Who Is database, as well as supporting journalistic research and the creation of databases.

David Daza

Bachelor of Electronics. Expert in development of applications and websites with emphasis on data journalism and content management of multiple databases.

Verónica Toro

Anthropologist and researcher. Responsible for the management and organization of the data-community in Colombia and Latin America and provide support in journalistic investigations and the creation of databases.

Mariana Villamizar

Systems engineer and designer. Expert in user experience, data visualization and graphic communication. Feminist.

Contact

Choose the #dataviz you need according to the 5W questions

May 29, 2017

What do you do to decide which graphic you’ll use when you are telling a story?

What do you do to decide which graphic you’ll use when you are telling a story? Journalists who have the challenge of working with data often get confused and choose a #dataviz based on how cute it looks or in the interaction the user may have but not thinking about functionality. Big mistake!

 

In addition to understanding that a chart must tell a story by itself, be clear, easy to understand and simple for the user, journalist also need to learn that a visualization must be chosen according to the questions that they are willing to answer.

 

To guide this process, data visualizer and journalist Frédérik Ruys designed the following matrix that allows anyone to decide which graphic to use according to what 5W they are willing to respond: who, what, when, where or why.



 

The journalist developed the matrix in 2013 during the Infographic Summit in Pamplona while judging the annual awards. His logic was: "The visualization method is defined by a combination of the basic questions and the structure of the dataset. Form follows function."

 

This is why we share the final result. You can download it in PDF here. 

 

María Isabel Magaña

Journalist, Master in Investigative Journalism and #DataViz. Thus, I see data everywhere. Promoting transparency through queremosdatos.co