SVT launch Guardian inspired data blog
Posted: October 29, 2011 Filed under: Links
On Thursday the Swedish public broadcaster SVT launched a new exciting platform called SVT Pejl. It describes itself as a news blog producing journalism based on stats, facts and numbers. “Our ambition is to explain current events and make numbers and facts available in an accessible way”, writes Kristofer Sjöholm who is the leader of the project.
The presentation of the blog features an interview with Simon Rogers of Guardian’s Data blog. And this is clearly where the inspiration comes from. This is the Data blog of Sweden.
If you know some Swedish it is well worth taking a look at this introductory video explaining what data-driven journalism and SVT Pejl is.
For a person like me with one foot in Sweden and one in Finland it is interesting to follow (and be part of) the development in this field right now. Helsingin Sanomat has taken a lead role in Finland publishing big open data sets and arranging several hacks and hackers style workshops. It feels like Sweden has been loosing some ground to its little brother here, but maybe this new site will narrow the gap.