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Working with data is no longer a niche skill, but rather one that is mandatory for all. The webinar series was set up by our board members Sonja Ernst and Sunaina Kumar. The different webinars were open to journalists and researchers who would like to learn more about using data and with an interest in India, China, EU/Germany and/or global trends.
The webinars focused on the following topics: economy, development, labor, education, social affairs and health. The fifth webinar had a practical approach on how to analyze and present/visualize data. We had a changing audience with participants from around the world.

Five webinars on data and the use of data

Our first webinar focused on Europe and Germany and was presented by data expert Nicolas Kayser-Bril. He is a data journalism expert and the co-founder of Journalism++. He introduced the large data providers like Destatis and Eurostat, and how they work. As well he presented other sources of information, such as TED and other ministry-specific databases. Furthermore we talked about open data in Europe. Above all we discussed who provides the data and how reliable the different sources are.

The second webinar addressed India. It was presented by Indian data expert Govindraj Ethiraj. He is a well-known television and print journalist and a driving force when it comes to data journalism in India. He is the founder of, the country's first data journalism initiative, focused on governance and transparency. Govindraj Ethiraj shared his knowledge on the large data providers in India and how they work. As well he talked about alternatives to government data and how to use and understand the specific data/data sources.

Yolanda Jinxin Ma presented the third episode of our webinar series on China. She is a digital strategist specializing in data journalism. As well she is is the co-founder of DJChina, the first website in Chinese on data journalism. Yolanda Ma talked about availability, accessibility and quality data by government, NGOs, commercial providers and citizens. Above all we talked about uniqueness in China concerning data and data journalism.
Data expert Nicolas Kayser-Bril presented our fourth webinar as well. This time the focus was on global data. Nicolas Kayer-Bril presented the large data aggregators like World Bank or United Nations. As well we talked about the inherent limitations of data quality and alternatives to government data for worldwide datasets.

Our last webinar had a very practical approach. Our topic was: What to do with all the data? Nicolas Kayer-Bril introduced different tools for management, analysis and visualization of data. For example excel and Google spreadsheets to store data. We talked about free tools to visualize data like Datawrapper, Infogram etc. As well the data expert explained how to organize a team working on data.