• Aug 132014

    How Poderopedia has promoted transparency in its first year and a half

    In its first year and a half of existence, the data journalism platform Poderopedia has promoted transparency and detection of conflicts of interest; generated news stories that made an impact on society; and built alliances with other Latin American organizations.

    I founded Poderopedia, which tracks who is who in politics and business, in December 2012 in Chile, with a committed team of journalists and programmers and with financial support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • Feb 192014

    Using Poderopedia to Inform Voters in Panama

    When you head to the polls, how much do you know about a candidate before you vote for him or her?

    Do you know whether the candidate completed college? Who his or her key contacts are? Whether the candidate owns real estate, a business or shares in public companies? Whether the candidate has been in any legal trouble? Who financed the campaign?

    The answers to these questions, which are critical to informing voters, are too often hidden from the public.

    That’s true here in Panama, where transparency for politicians and candidates is considered optional.

  • Feb 102014

    How To Make Open Data Relevant to the Public

    It’s time to transform open data from a trendy concept among policy wonks and news nerds into something tangible to everyday life for citizens, businesses and grassroots organizations. Here are some ideas to help us get there:

  • Jun 252013

    Five Ways to Use Poderopedia’s Plug & Play Platform for News, Transparency

    Let's say you would like to map politicians and their connections, build a database of companies and top executives in a specific industry, or create a visualization of lobbyists and their clients. With Poderopedia's new Plug & Play Platform, you can. It's free and open source.

  • Jun 112013

    To Plan a Successful Hackathon, Start with “Why?”

    The key to organizing a hackathon is to start with “Why?”

    As Simon Sinek says in "Start with Why", great leaders inspire action because what motivates them is the meaning of a situation, not what to do or how to do it.

    Sinek explains how the Wright brothers, young farmers who never finished high school, became the first to build a machine that could fly, although their main rival for that claim had financial support from the U.S. War Department and was beloved by the New York Times. Why did the Wright brothers succeed?

  • May 162013

    Site on Latin America’s Rich and Powerful Gives Users its Content

    Poderopedia is a platform that reveals the relationships among elites in a country or region, especially in places where power is concentrated in the hands of a few people.

    After winning the Knight News Challenge in 2011, we launched Poderopedia in Chile last fall.

  • Mar 192013

    Bridging the Data Journalism Gap in Latin America

    In Latin America, there are few networks of journalists doing data journalism, little communication among them, and almost no communication with developers and designers. Lack of trust is a key impediment to helping each other improve our data journalism methods and embrace innovation in newsrooms. On top of that, although we have great journalists in our region, most of them do not speak or understand English (the language of most of the relevant tools) so there is a huge digital literacy gap.

    Today we take an important step toward bridging this gap, as we launch the collaborative writing of the Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook. This project will be written in our own languages by volunteer journalists, developers and designers from Mexico to Patagonia and Spain, with the mission of showing the state of data journalism in Iberoamerica, explaining how to do data journalism in our countries, improving our networks of communication, helping our community accelerate its learning and providing it with the tools to do better journalism.