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Want to Start a Collaborative Journalism Project? We’re Building Tools to Help.

We’ll be expanding and open-sourcing the tools we created to do Documenting Hate, as well as Electionland, and writing a guide that will let any newsroom do crowd-powered data investigations.

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Making Collaborative Data Projects Easier: Our New Tool, Collaborate, Is Here

We’re open-sourcing our collaborative reporting software so that newsrooms can work together around large datasets.

Working Together Better: Our Guide to Collaborative Data Journalism

We’ve learned a lot about how to make large-scale collaborations around datasets work, and today we’re giving away all of our secrets.

Making Sense of Messy Data

Angeliki Kastanis, data reporter at the Associated Press, recently explored what legalized pot means for medical users. Here, she describes some of the challenges of telling that story with the data available.

“Your Default Position Should Be Skepticism” and Other Advice for Data Journalists From Hadley Wickham

The chief scientist at RStudio and developer of open source tools for data scientists on bribes, bears and where your next story is hiding.

New: You Can Now Search the Full Text of 3 Million Nonprofit Tax Records for Free

Search the full text of nearly 3 million nonprofit IRS filings, including investments and grants given to other nonprofits.

The Ticket Trap: Front to Back

The project gave us an opportunity to try a bunch of technical approaches that could help a small organization like ours develop sustainable news apps.

Chasing Leads and Herding Cats: Shaping a New Role in the Newsroom

A partner manager is a crucial part of making cross-newsroom collaborations work.

New Partnership Will Help Us Hold Facebook and Campaigns Accountable

Starting today you can download a version of the Firefox browser with the Facebook Political Ad Collector built in.

The Election DataBot: Now Even Easier

We’ll show you what’s really new, what’s important, where races are heating up, where the money is flowing and what news is happening. And those are just our first steps.

Shedding Some Light on Dark Money Political Donors

Political nonprofits don’t have to disclose the names of their donors. But thanks to a good-government group, you can now find out about nearly $763 million in donations to these “dark money” organizations.

Download Chicago’s Parking Ticket Data Yourself

For the first time, the city’s database, which tracks more than 28 million parking and vehicle compliance tickets, is easily available to the public.

How ProPublica Illinois Uses GNU Make to Load 1.4GB of Data Every Day

We’ve open-sourced our code for loading Illinois campaign finance data. The process used to take hours. Learn how Make helped cut that down to less than 30 minutes.

New in the Congress API: Lobbying Registrations and More

Our Congress API now lets programmers access lobbying data. It also lets them find congressional press releases that mention bills.

Get an Inside Look at the Department of Defense’s Struggle to Fix Pollution at More Than 39,000 Sites

For the first time, the Pentagon’s internal database used to track its environmental problems is available to the public.

How You Can Keep Track of the Money Political Committees Spend at Trump Properties

Our FEC Itemizer Database now tracks spending at hotels, restaurants and other facilities owned by the Trump Organization.

What Is Congress Talking About?

We’re using data to track the things Congress talks a disproportionate amount about every week.

New in Nonprofit Explorer: People Search

You can now search for people who work for nonprofit organizations.

New Widget Helps You Follow the Money in the Illinois Governor’s Race

We’ve created a widget you can use to track fundraising and spending in the Illinois governor’s race, which is on track to break records.

Meet Column Setter

We developed an open source tool for building custom responsive grids that work in older browsers.

Reinventing Represent

We asked readers to help us reconceive and redesign an interactive database that tracks Congress. Here’s how the process worked.

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