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Finding context for the data

Context makes data useful. Without it, it’s easy to get lost in numbers that mean little, but finding the context of data isn’t especially straightforward. Catherine D’Ignazio explains why it’s so hard and what data journalists (or anyone trying to understand data) can do about it: First of all, data are typically collected by institutions for internal purposes and they’re not intended to be used by others. As veteran data...

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