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RIA Novosti releases a Russian version of The Data Journalism Handbook

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As part of its collaboration with the European Journalism Centre, RIA Novosti has translated and published online a Russian-language version of The Data Journalism Handbook.

As part of its collaboration with the European Journalism Centre, RIA Novosti has translated and published online a Russian-language version of The Data Journalism Handbook.

The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open-source book that aims at helping journalists to use data to improve journalism. For data-driven journalism the accuracy of data analysis and the evaluation of an event’s significance are more important than the speed of publication.

“We are delighted to see the release of the Russian edition of The Data Journalism Handbook. Overall we’re very pleased that there has been such great interest in translating and localising the book by NGOs and media organisations around the world. So far over four hundred people have approached us regarding translations in over 40 languages – which is testimony to the demand there is for a resource like this, and to the value of the contributions we’ve had", said Jonathan Gray, Head of Community at the Open Knowledge Foundation and co-editor of The Data Journalism Handbook.

The book reveals the tips and techniques of leading media professionals as well as journalists, professors, software developers and data analysts for how to get started with data journalism.

«The data journalism is a comparatively new concept in Russia, but it definitely has a bright future ahead. As in many other fields, RIA Novosti is indeed inclined to pioneer it” – said head of corporate training center RIA Novosti Oleg Shedrov.

It is divided into seven chapters, one of which focuses on case studies. Other chapters include “What is Data Journalism,” “Your Right to Data,” “Become Data Literate in 3 Simple Steps,” “How to Hire a Hacker,” and many more.

The project was launched at the last fall’s Mozilla Festival, dedicated to Internet technologies in modern media. The book was first unveiled to the public in Perugia, Italy, in late April.

The original English copy of the book was released as an online version earlier this year in April and was also published as an ebook and in hardcopy format by O’Reilly Media in July. It is the result of an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism's leading advocates and best practitioners - including from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, Pro Publica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others. The project is coordinated by the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Both the original English version and the Russian translation are freely available online under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which means that they can be freely copied, redistributed and reused under the terms of the license. The Russian version of the Data Journalism Handbook can be found at the Library section of RIA Novosti’s Corporate Training Center http://ria.ru/library/. The English version can be found at www.datajournalismhandbook.org.

The European Journalism Centre is an independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, primarily through the further training of journalists and media professionals