Coal Seam Gas Microsite - ABC
A data journalism pilot project that explores the topic of coal seam gas in Australia
Small Multiples had the fortunate opportunity of working on the ABC's first data journalism project on the topic of coal seam gas in Australia with their Radio Multiplatform and News Online divisions, and lead journalist, Wendy Carlisle.
Data journalism is a new frontier in journalism, and indeed in data visualisation, that focuses on letting the data tell the story. Already widely adopted in respected organisations such as the New York Times and The Guardian, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation for our international visitors) decided to conduct a pilot project.
The project is an amazing collaborative effort between the Radio Multiplatform team, and ABC News Online, with journalist Wendy Carlisle as lead. Small Multiples served as the data visualisation specialists, design and development team, helping to translate the data into visual form.
This project not only highlights the state of coal seam gas in Australia, particularly on the eastern states, but also raises questions about data transparency in governments and industries. Following from data.gov and data.gov.uk, Australia has had some great initiatives (eg) Apps4NSW, that we've participated in) for data transparency, but for this project the team found accessing data on coal seam gas to be quite a difficult task.
We hope this project helps to inform people, and highlight the need for more transparency in government and corporate data.