Data & Journalism events in Vienna

**The following guest post is by [Markus ‘fin’ Hametner](http://fin.io), a coder and organizer with a main interest in journalism. He works on an ambitious [web journalism project](http://lflux.org/) and co-organizes the [collide:vienna event series](http://collid.es).**

A few days ago, I realized that Vienna’s normally-quiet landscape of events in the open data and journalism spaces will be quite active in the next couple of months.

My main interest in open data comes from a Data/Computational Journalism view point, since this emerging form of reporting may provide some of the most potent use cases for open data, but I am sure there are many other connections between these fields to warrant your interest.

If you’d like to learn more about computational journalism, Jonathan Stray maintains a [reading list on that topic](http://jonathanstray.com/a-computational-journalism-reading-list). Wikipedia also has a good introduction to its subset, [data driven journalism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_driven_journalism).

Anyways, back to Vienna. These are the events I recommend checking out:

###December 2 – [Gov2.0 Camp](http://www.barcamp.at/Gov2.0camp_Vienna_2011)

This event has the goal of creating an “open space for dialogue between the administration and the internet community” to talk about Open Government, Open Data and E-Participation.
Over 130 People have signed up already and it promises to be as interesting as [last year’s event](http://www.barcamp.at/Gov2.0camp).

Photo by eSociety - last year's timetable

###December 3 – [Open Data Hackathon](http://www.barcamp.at/OpenDataHackathon_2011)

This is the local chapter of the [International Open Data Hackathon](http://www.opendataday.org/) – Developers, Statisticians, Journalists, Designers and Citizens working together to create interesting Apps, Visualizations or Products basted on open data.

The organizers are planning another motivating feature: Teleconferences with other events participating in the international hackathon.

###January 12 – [Collide:Vienna 2 on Data Journalism](http://collid.es)

Photo by The Hub Vienna


The local Hackers&Journalists meetup (which I co-organize and is heavily inspired by [Hacks/Hackers](http://hackshackers.com))
had its first meetup in early November, bringing together about 40 people from both sides of the aisle.

For the second event, we are planning a main talk on data journalism, but all our events also have an open mic where all participants are
encouraged to talk about their own projects for five minutes.

With a little luck, one of these sounds interesting to you and I’ll see you around in Vienna!