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

Why #ddj is so much more than cute #dataviz

April 06, 2017

Four European data journalists at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia

 

Stop thinking of cool graphs when somebody mentions #datajournalism: European newsrooms and international organizations are increasingly using data as a core part of their investigative reporting.

 

Reporters Caelainn Barr (The Guardian), Mar Cabra (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), Daniele Grasso (El Confidencial) and Paula Guisado (El Mundo) explained what is it that they do at the newsroom and how data units are essential for newsmedia today.

 

This are our highlights from the conference:

 

-Our lives are catalogued in data. That’s why we need to investigate and do analysis with data. -Caelainn Barr

 

-Visual graphics are important for stories, but data journalism isn’t all about that. -Mar Cabra

 

-The best element data journalist give to the investigating process is the structural approach. When you think about a story, you think about the information behind it and how you can structure it to make it work.  -Caelainn Barr

 

-Our ‘superpower’ as data journalists is to be able to sort rows and columns to find stories. Basically, to use Excel. -Paula Guisado

 

-We are essential for the newspaper because we help develop different narratives and help gain stories you couldn’t tell in the midst of the journalistic rush.  -Daniele Grasso

 

-We have shown other reporters and newsmedia the power of a FOI and how we can get great stories by requesting information to public authorities. -Daniele Grasso

 

-When it comes to sharing data, the reporters had different approaches. El Mundo doesn’t share but allows users to use apps to get to know the data. At The Guardian, some data is shared if it’s meaningful, but is something they want to improve. El Confidencial has a more “open-data” policy. Because of this, they share interesting datasets through a repository in Github. Nevertheless, all of them agreed that if they don’t publish the data, they’re extremely clear on how they got the information and their methodology.

 

-You don’t need leaks to investigate with data. There’s lots of public documents and datasets that are useful to investigate. Most of the time, you use them and create your own database to investigate. -Mar Cabra



-On security and data: it’s more about how and where we put our data in order to do collaborative investigations so that we can protect the information. We have improved the knowledge on security, for instance using Security in a Box, so that journalists learn. -Mar Cabra

 

-You have to keep yourself educated and help educate those around you in data, security and technology in general. -Caelainn Barr



 



María Isabel Magaña

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