Open Data

German train monitor provides access to train delay data

The German newspaper S├╝ddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) worked together with OpenDataCity to create an online train monitor of the German network: Zugmonitor. This is another great example of the new form of data journalism. The project provides access to data of train delays collected over 150 days between 2 October 2011 and 1 March 2012 and allows you to analyse the delays in more detail. Here is an example showing the delays by station.

Data is the new gold

We need more data journalism. How else will we find the nuggets of data and information worth reading? Life should become easier for data journalists, as the Guardian, one of the data journalism pioneers, points out in this article about the new open data initiative of the European Union (EU). The aims of the EU’s open data strategy are bold. Data is seen as the new gold of the digital age.