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The politics of land

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

Land is a pretty big deal in South Africa, as it is in the rest of the world where a portion (in SA’s case, the majority) were dispossessed of much of it. Code for Africa has produced an unflinchingly political data visualisation tool, HuruMap Land, based on Knight Lab’s Census Reporter and OpenUp’sWaziMap. The project has the newspapers City PressRapport, and Landbouweekblad on board, so we can expect to see some stories using the data soon. Code for Africa’s Chris Roper says the project wants to become the “authoritative data source on this issue”, and the team will continue to pump data in.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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