Lab at FISL

13987599818_3c226bb59a_k

FISL (International Free Software Forum) is one of the world’s most important events with a focus on Free and Open Source Software, and the largest in Latin America.

Journalists worldwide interested in learning tools for mapping data can participate in a free webinar.

ICFJ Anywhere is offering the second in a series of webinars, supported by Dow Jones Foundation. This webinar will cover how to use geographical data to create applications with digital maps and will showcase tools that enable journalists to create their own projects. Geodata is a vast source of information for journalists working with environmental, economic and social issues.

yby

Collecting trustful information from people has been over the years one of the most desired outcomes of projects undertaken by NGOs and media. Today, our Lab is proudly launching what we believe can be a contribution to this quest.

Yby is  a new software focused on facilitating organizations to create their own crowd-sourcing platforms. Yby is a collaborative mapping platform. It allows users to draw points, polygons and areas, and associate media content to them.

4126205359_db05336234

Environmental news site InfoAmazonia, which pioneered using satellite data for reporting, is adding a new source to its coverage: observations from the ground.

The site will gather and share information from people living and working in the Amazon, including “indigenous communities, researchers, NGOs, students and engaged citizens acting on social media,” said Brazil-based data journalist Gustavo Faleiros, who founded the site. These reports will show how “data from satellites in the sky relates to the reality on the ground.”

mapaaa

Frequent flooding and critically low crop yields are just two of the warning signs of climate change in Indonesia, home to the world’s third-largest tropical rainforest and some of the highest levels of biological diversity on the globe.

To shed light on these crucial issues, data journalists have launched the news site Ekuatorial, which offers the latest environmental news and engaging, easy-to-understand interactive maps of oceans, forests and natural disasters in Indonesia.

landquest

In Kenya’s poor, dry Turkana region, recent discoveries of water and oil could change the lives of residents who depend on food aid for survival.

In March 2012, the country’s President Mwai Kibaki announced that oil had been discovered in Turkana after exploratory drilling by an Anglo-Irish oil firm. And last year, UNESCO announced that large reserves of groundwater had been discovered in the drought-ridden area.

ockpeckers

This year’s death toll of rhinos killed in South Africa by poachers – 635 animals so far – is on track to match the number killed in 2012, and to double the number killed three years ago. Most of this illegal hunting happens inside the country’s most famous national park, Kruger.

These striking statistics appear in a new interactive map built with a breakthrough set of tools that make it easier to track and display geographic data visually.

logo_final-02

Journalists worldwide who want to improve their data-wrangling skills to better cover the environment have a new resource. The Geojournalism Handbook is a free, online guide to mapping and visualization technologies. It explains environmental data such as satellite imagery and even shows you how to build your own balloon to take aerial pictures.