La Nación Data is the data journalism unit from LA NACION in Argentina. We do Open Data Journalism for change, in order to better serve our audiences using data to recognize trends and controversies, reveal a truth or simply to concieve a deeper vision of reality by discovering and telling stories. We promote the use of open data and access to information in Argentina as evidence to keep governments accountable.
Hence, we constantly monitor the use and abuse of public resources in order to strengthen public institutions and enhance greater government transparency.
Much of our work and effort is invested in building datasets from scratch, cleaning, structuring and normalizing to make them accessible for our newsroom and other argentinean users. But our objective is also to produce long-term investigations that encompass a multiplicity of topics of interest with the intention of producing a political and social impact.
So, we believe that all citizens should participate in activating the demand for public information as a democratic principle and human right. This is why it is very important for us to embrace citizen\’s collaboration in the process of journalism. We are dedicated to teach civil society the value of openness and to build an open community by strengthening our relationship with NGOs and universities through hackathons, meetups and workshops.
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Besides analytics, we algo innovated with several monetization data apps that gave us the opportunity to work with commercial teams and obtain more resource to continue with our work flow.
Furthermore, we are considered in Argentina as watchdogs for transparency and openness. This is why, most of our investigations are part of judicial evidence in Federal Court, specially in corruption cases. Our impact is so strong that for example this year, for the Corruption Notebook scandal investigation 73 individuals have been prosecuted (40 have been imprisoned and several continue and another 90 businessmen are waiting for prosecution), including a former President, the entire office of the Ministry of Planning and the main public works contractors of the country. About 40 persons repented and confessed their crimes and US$ 600 million were seized.
Finally, after organizing four Datafests and the WIDS: Woman in data science conference in Argentina, our team is also considered pioneer in applying technologies to solve data and content problems, specially from unstructured data and a reference in the local tech for journalism community.
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