With Cardiff University buildings closed since March because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Summer School for the public moved online in June, and included a one-hour session on what datajournalists do.
The Summer School comprised a week of workshops that ranged from radiography and earth sciences to building design and writing for business.
In our rapid run-through the data journalism world, we touched on classic go-to number stories like A&E waiting times and party-political donations as well as how journalists dig up the data in the first place (FOI, web scraping and so on). We looked at visuals done with colouring pencils, graphing cleaner air in Cardiff during lockdown and the ongoing questions around who keeps an eye on the algorithms.
People appeared online for our Journalism by Numbers workshop from around Wales and the UK, but also from Pakistan, Sweden and Nigeria.
Other workshops during the week covered ethics in Artificial Intelligence, copywriting and Google analytics. There was also a session on the ever-interesting Pharmabee project (which launched the Spot-a-bee app this year as part of their bee-mapping project).