We are the data unit of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and we work on different topics, ranging from politics to debates in popular culture to corruption and climate change. The following projects have been published between 26 March 2018 and 7 April 2019.
– We analysed more than 50,000 children’s and youth books from 70 years and 42,000 book covers and were able to reveal gender stereotypes in children’s books.
– We conducted a survey on rental prices in which 57,000 people participated. The project #MeineMiete shows how broken the rental market is in Germany and how housing is the new social question.
– We’ve scraped thousands of publications from the most popular predatory publishers and built a Linkurious database to help our investigative colleagues understand the problem through network analyses.
– Using open source intelligence tools and network analysis, we helped reconstruct the murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and with the same approach were able to review a UNPOL investigation into the murder of two UN Officials in DRC.
– We have automatically generated texts with the election results for 91 constituencies for the state elections in Bavaria.
– We have analysed thousands of minutes of parliamentary sessions to find out how the debates in the german federal parliament, the Bundestag, have changed since the right-wing AfD party moved in.
– We evaluated the coalition agreement at the beginning of the parliamentary term and created a kind of to-do list of the government from 500,000 characters of text. We have found 139 self-imposed goals. 139 promises by which the government must be measured – and whose implementation is constantly documented in our coalition tracker.
– Climate change is one of the major issues of our time. In 2018, we published three major data-based research reports on heat, drought and snow that show how climate change is already manifesting itself today.
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