Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Brazil: Launch a Digital Map That Uses Open Data to Monitor the Amazon


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Gustavo Faleiros is a Knight International Journalism Fellow based in Brazil who has created a comprehensive online map that makes extensive use of data to track the deteriorating environment of the nine-country Amazon region. The map—a mash-up of existing technologies such as satellite images, open data and media and social-media feeds—is hosted by partner O Eco, an environmental news site, and supported by a grant from Internews.

The map gives journalists the ability to keep tabs on changes that impact the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Faleiros will also help O Eco, the daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and other media mine and visualize data in their stories. To support this work, Faleiros is working with ABRAJI to launch the country’s first Hacks/Hackers chapter in Sao Paulo.

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