Always walk before you run: Datawrapper breaks down barriers in visualising and publishing data
There are many tools available to turn data into graphics, whether you want to show trends or explain and improve the understanding of complex issues. Not many of these tools are designed to respond to the specific needs of journalists who work on a deadline and are not trained as visual designers. The recently launched data visualisation tool Datawrapper aims to meet these needs.
Datawrapper is built by journalists for journalists. It was created by Mirko Lorenz and Nicolas Kayser-Bril for ABZV, a German training institution for newspaper journalists. It is available in German, English and French. The website received over 3.000 visitors in the first two days alone and newspapers have already started to use the tool.
With the first beta version of this open source tool, users can register for free, copy-paste their data into the platform, create simple, static charts in no time and embed them in their articles. The types of charts available at the moment are: Line, Bar, Pie, Table and Streamgraph. All charts created with the tool link to the data source so that anyone can download and further explore the data used to generate the chart, as you can see below: