Francis Irving is a 36 year old British computer programmer and activist for freedom of information.Francis Irving developed TortoiseCVS.He co-founded Public Whip with Julian Todd and became a developer of the affiliated TheyWorkForYou website, a project which parses raw Hansard data to track how members vote in the UK Parliament. Initially risking prosecution for re-using the raw data which was under Crown copyright, the developers of Public Whip were later successful in getting permission to use it. In 2004 Public Whip was recognised in the New Media awards. In 2008 The Daily Telegraph rated TheyWorkforYou 41st in a list of the 101 most useful websites.Irving was also a senior developer of PledgeBank.
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Data journalism was recently singled out by an Online News Association panel in New York as one of the core skills for journalists. Students and journalists, however, often admit to being intimidated by data and coding. ….
Looking over the scope of the Knight News Challenge, from its beginning to the winners announced this year, it’s clear data is king. From this year’s data-mining projects alone — whether inside the confines of the newsroom, posting public records in rural areas, or delivering vital information on clean water — we can safely say that the Knight Foundation sees data as a big part of the future for journalism and communities.