Building Lenses: An open-source tool for mobile data viz

Justin Hendrix, executive director of NYC Media Lab, explains the idea behind an upcoming drag-and-drop data viz tool for journalists

The growth of mobile traffic to news sites raises the challenge of packing large amounts of information onto a small screen, a challenge even more present in stories with data visualisations.

Meet Lenses: an open-source tool that wants to make data visualisations which both work on mobile and don't require extensive coding knowledge from the reporter working with the data.

Lenses is being developed by News Corp in partnership with NYU engineering students, who are building its components; Columbia journalism students who are creating stories with the tool using civic data; and NYC Media Lab which is managing the project.

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