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

Jun 252013

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. Fork it!

After winning the Knight News Challenge in 2011, we launched Poderopedia in Chile last fall, with the goal of mapping who’s who in business and politics in our country.

We also wanted to offer an open-source version of our platform, called Plug & Play, that would let anyone map relationships in their own communities. Expanding Poderopedia to include Plug & Play is a goal of my Knight International Journalism Fellowship.

We just released Plug & Play 1.0, and we are very excited to see what you can do with it. Here are just five ideas to get you started:

  1. Use existing data to make searchable databases and data visualizations of information about members of your country's legislature, what the members own, who contributes to their campaigns and how the members vote on key issues.

  2. Map lobbyists, their clients and which government officials they lobby.

  3. Create NBApedia, Baseballpedia or Soccerpedia. Show data and connections among team owners, team managers, players, as well as their stats, salaries and related business.

  4. Map links between the NSA, Prism and Silicon Valley.

  5. Keep track of foundation grants and projects that received funding.

Read the full post from Miguel Paz on IJNet.

The International Journalists' Network, IJNet, keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. ICFJ produces IJNet in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. IJNet is supported by donors including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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