Finding Data

In this session, we were given the task to working in pairs and conduct research into multiple of things about data.

  1. What is data?

‘1.Information in raw or unorganized form (such as alphabets, numbers, or symbols) that refer to, or representconditionsideas, or objects. Data is limitless and present everywhere in the universe’.

“Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis”

2.What are the different types of data?

Qualitative datais descriptive information (it describes something)

Quantitative data, is numerical information (numbers).

     3. What is data journalism?

Data journalism is a journalism specialty reflecting the increased role that numerical data is used in the production and distribution of information in the digital era. It reflects the increased interaction between content producers (journalist) and several other fields such as design, computer science and statistics.

      4. Why is data journalism important?

This is why data journalism is so important. Gathering, filtering and visualizing what is happening beyond what the eye can see has a growing value. – See more at:

         5.What are different sources of data?

Alphanumeric or Text, Number, Currency, Date/Time, Autonumber and Logical, Boolean, Yes/No

Sources of Data

  • survey results
  • newspapers
  • books
  • magazines
  • internet – data websites from organisations. i.e.
  • social media
  • posters/flyers
  • leaflets
  • annuals
  • infographics

This task, was a done in pairs, (worked with Danielle Hayes). Then we shared the information with the rest of the class and collated all results in order to gain a better understanding.


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