What is data-based journalism and what is data? How to find data and transform it into the desired form, how to filter and analyze it and how to visualize the results?

This was part of the agenda of the training on data-based journalism held this weekend on November 28 and 29 in Coffice in Skopje, organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation, School of Data and the Open Knowledge Foundation, and supported by the British Embassy in Skopje.


During the two-day training, more than 15 participants divided into several groups according to their knowledge, worked on ideas for stories based on data separated in the fields of corruption, elections and sports.

Google Advanced Search, PDF Tables, Web Scraper, Open Refine, Google Sheets, IFTTT, Infogr.am, Odyssey, Datawrapper, Silk and TimelineJS were some of the free tools presented to the participants.

Trainings of this type, as well as recommended tools for processing data are available on the School of data – Macedonia website.


The training was held in English by trainer Marco Tulio Pires, Programme Manager of the School of Data within the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The album with photos from the training is available at our Facebook page and on Flickr.


By establishing the School of Data – Macedonia, the project aims to incite civil society organizations, media and individuals who promote changes, to understand and use the official government and other open data in order to increase the government’s accountability, improve services and their delivery and increase citizens’ participation in policy making.