Data sharing is good news for journalism. Advocates for open data hinge their argument on the democratic need for transparency. If journalists are able to get their hands on data quickly and easily, they can work with it and reveal the stories behind the numbers to the public. By publishing spreadsheets of data from which they found those stories and allowing others to use that data, they’re also acting as platforms for hosting data. They’re walking the walk, supporting what they themselves are asking for: easily accessible data.


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Anna Codrea-Rado is a digital media associate at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @annacod.