Findings of YDS will be represented at dg.o 2017


What is it?

YDS’s partner National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) successfully submitted a paper at the annual International Conference on Digital Government Research 2017 (dg.o 2017). The paper is based on research conducted in the scope of YDS. NUIG, presented by Niall O’Brolchain, led the research and were supported by the project partners EJC and DW. The results will be presented by NUIG in the track of “Opening Government: From Open Data Infrastructure to Collaboration” during this year’s conference.


Research into data-driven storytelling using open data has led to considerable discussion into many possible futures for storytelling and journalism in a data-driven world. In particular, the open data directives framed by various governments across the globe as means of improving government’s transparency enabled citizens and journalists to get more insights into government actions and enabled deeper and easier monitoring of governments’ work. While progress in the development of open data platforms (usually funded by national and local governments) has been significant, it is only now that we are beginning to see the emergence of more practical and more applied use of open data platforms. Previous works have highlighted the potential for storytelling using open data as a source of information for journalistic stories. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of studies into Open Data platform affordances to support data-driven storytelling. In this paper, we elaborate on existing open data platforms in terms of support for storytelling and we analyse feedback, from stakeholder focus groups to discover what methods and tools can introduce or facilitate storytelling capabilities on Open Data platforms.

When & Where

The conference dg.o 2017 takes place from June 7th to 9th at the City University of New York.
The official hashtag of the conference is: #dgo2017.

Follow O’Brolchain on Twitter: @NiallOB.

About the author : Eva Lopez (DW)