29 January 2016

JumpStart launches School of Data

JumpStart aims to continue its pioneering leadership in bringing data literacy, journalism, and visualization education to Georgia. In the late 2015, JumpStart launched its School of Data, equipping people to use and communicate data effectively one course at a time.

08 December 2015

How to Balance Between Tools and Taste

When people ask me what design is, in most cases, they are referring just to graphics software skills, sometimes without fully understanding what it means to learn design. Rarely people know exactly what they want to learn. But in order to get you started in how to distinguish a good designer from a bad one, here are some key things to remember:

08 December 2015

Removing the Barriers to Data About Georgia’s Children

As a child in Georgia, you are 3 times more likely to find substandard plumbing in rural schools than in urban schools and you are 17 times more likely to find toilets outside the school building in rural schools than in urban schools.

16 October 2015

Bringing data visualization to the masses - offline!

Data visualization plays a key role in the communications work that we do at JumpStart. We've been visualizing the news in Georgia since the end of 2012 and been using big data for much longer beginning with our Georgian street mapping project. One aspect of our work that we have always found lacking is our ability to take our online visualizations offline so we could reach new networks that our online stories simply weren't reaching.

08 May 2015

Gender Pay Game among the Data Journalism Awards 2015 finalists

JumpStart's Gender Pay Game was selected as one of the finalists of the Data Journalism Awards 2015.  From among nearly 500 submissions, Global Editors Network (GEN) selected 78 outstanding entries.

29 May 2014

Storytelling: An Agent of Creativity and Change in Georgia

You cannot (and should not) just throw a spreadsheet into someone's lap and expect that to make your case. Nor can you expect most busy people to read a thirty-page report. What you can do is break research and communication into chunks or stages. Organizations should view each chunk as an opportunity to communicate with one or many potential audiences. Explore what media speaks to each target audience.

08 May 2014

Of Tow Trucks and Building Data: Georgian Government Pays Lip Service to Open Government

Last week, the Ministry of Justice, the agency tasked with elaborating and implementing the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Georgia, hosted the latest in a series of civil society-oriented meetings to discuss the first draft of the second action plan it prepared for the OGP. Despite lasting over three hours, it is not clear what we can take away from the meeting.

02 May 2014

Building the Tools to Tell Stories That Matter

In our work with Charity Humanitarian Centre "Abkhazeti", an organization that works to improve the lives of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from Georgia's many conflicts, we realized we needed to try a new kind of storytelling. Until now, we have worked by-and-large using data to create infographics, mostly static visualizations of socially relevant data. By telling stories using well designed charts which convey complex information in an intuitive and easy-to-consume way, we have made complex stories accessible to a larger audience. However, in this particular case, we felt that we needed to personalize the story. We needed to put a face on it.

15 April 2014

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy: New Partners, New Projects

Over the past several months, JumpStart has been hard at work launching the project Visualizing for Data-Driven Advocacy. Within the framework of this exciting new project, we have teamed up with four local civil society organizations to add value to their advocacy campaigns through data analysis and visualization. Not only have we provided monthly trainings and educational material so that our partners can learn to run effective advocacy campaigns using data, but we’ve lent our expertise in data collection, analysis and visualization to their efforts.

27 February 2014

Useful Tools For Data Journalists

On February 13 2014, a group of around 20 individuals, most of whom were journalists, activists, students, and programmers, gathered in the central Tbilisi office of JumpStart Georgia for a screening of the documentary film Our Currency is Information, created by the Tactical Tech Collective; a US based non-governmental organization dedicated to the use of information in activism.