The Nieman Journalism Lab published a thoughtful critique of data journalism on Wednesday, but there are additional things the emerging space could do live up to its hype, including getting more creative about where writers source their data.
Super data analyst Nate Silver talks about his plans for the new-and-expanded FiveThirtyEight blog from ESPN. Anyone wanting Silver to run in with in-game analysis or predictions might be disappointed.
Don’t expect a revamped FiveThirtyEight right away: Nate Silver’s political blog will be hosted by the New York Times through the end of August, and it could be months before ESPN launches the new site, Silver and ESPN president John Skipper said Monday.
Election Day is just around the corner. So in order to help you get informed about the candidates, the issues, the numbers and the process, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 election-related tools on the web. Enjoy — and get out there and vote! [digg=http://digg.com/tech_news/Top_10_Web_Tools_for_Election_08]
- Refresh your memory as to what the candidates have said in their speeches. Add election-related gadgets to your site, like Google’s series of electoral map and video mashups that link to clips of major candidates’ speeches and track where and when they spoke.
- Check out the latest polling data on your iPhone. Polling trend site Pollster.com, published by National Journal columnist and Democratic pollster Mark Blumenthal, and contrarian news, politics and culture web mag Slate.com, have linked up to create this handy app, Slate Poll Tracker.
- Get a closer look at polling data and electoral projections. The breakout success of election-related sites this electoral season, fivethirtyeight.com is run by two guys who’ve said they’re voting for Obama but that the site is about poll data, not partisanship.