Poderopedia, the Chilean data journalism platform, plans to expand to Venezuela and Colombia

Paola Nalvarte, from the The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, help a phone interview with our CEO Miguel Paz last week. He announce several good news about our internationalization project during the one hour talk:

In late 2012 Chilean journalist Miguel Paz, an ICFJ Knight International Journalism fellow, launched with a group of colleagues a data journalism platform called Poderopedia, which helps reveal the network of relationships between business and government elites in Chile.

Now, the Poderopedia Foundation — of which Paz is president and aims to promote the use of new technologies to foment transparency — is making improvements to its platform in order to implement it in several countries in the region and allow users to feed and continually update the network. This year, the foundation will open its second Latin American chapter in Venezuela and its third one in Colombia.

Read the full interview here

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Source, the Knight Mozilla Open News website that promotes  data journalism and code for information and news projects, posted and article about our open source platform written by our CEO Miguel Paz.


Making it easy to map the powerful or influential in any community

Poderopedia Plug & Play featured in TechPresident

In Journalism.co.uk: Poderopedia among “Eight trends newsrooms should be aware of”

In a recent post in Journalism.co.uk about the digital trends that newsrooms should be aware of, Justin Arenstein, ICFJ Knight Fellow and digital strategist mentions Poderopedia as part of the major trends the media ecosystem needs to pay attention to


When asked about what needs to change in newsrooms, Arenstein outlined 4 essential components that must become part of everyday journalism and digital news to evolve


1. Geotagging. By geotagging stories, people and places mentioned in articles, news outlets can be ready for new geolocation tools and services, including Google Glass. Unlike the next point, geotagging happens at the newsgathering stage.

2. Build in entity extraction and network analysis. In comparison to geotagging, this must happen at the news production stage, Arenstein said. By creating “deep linked data”, news outlets can semantically link articles and both journalists and readers can start to see relationships by the linked information. Arenstein gave the example of Thomson Reuters project OpenCalais, and Poderopedia, which automates linkages.

3. Turning narrative news into structured data. (As explained further in the next point).

4. Treating news as an API. The New York Times and the Guardian are two news outlets which have done this, opening up their structured data.

This is exciting news for our team: at Poderopedia we are already doing the 4 things Arenstein mentions above and we want to share the platform we built for it, with you. Yes, our software is open source and you can use it! Go to our github repository and take it for a ride. We would love to hear what you think about it and learn how you are using it.

Poderopedia Team

Poderopedia: “A great example for others interested in fighting conflict of interest through increased transparency”

In a very detailed post, entitled "Chilean project exposes connections between business and politics", the European Research Center Againts Corruption highlights Poderopedia as a platform that sets “a great example for others interested in fighting conflict of interest through increased transparency”.

The article explains how “conflict of interest in the public administration is a central issue in the anti-corruption agenda”. It also states that Poderopedia has an interesting new feature: “an effort to disseminate its platform for replication in other countries”.

Yes, indeed. This year will be all about Internationalization. So if you are interested, write to us.

This sunday on NPR learn about Poderopedia in The Best of our Knowledge

The Best of our Knowledge, a Peabody Award Winning radio program, interviewed our founder Miguel Paz for their weekly US nationally-syndicated show in NPR.

The 30 minute conversation with host Jim Flemming is an in depth talk about Poderopedia, how we work and what we have planned for this year.

In times of fast media it`s always great to sit down to chat with no rush. Seth Godin calls this slow media. Good soulfood. A pleasure for us. 

Listen to part of the interview here.

Find a NPR station near you to listen to the show this sunday 

Poderopedia among the 10 new digital tools for journalists

Eric Newton asked Michael Maness and the Journalism and Media Innovation team from Knight Foundation what tools journalists should be learning. Manes`s list includes 10 top tech tools that journos should learn in 2013. Among them: Poderopedia and Poderopedia`s Plug &Play software for newsrooms.

The details are here

Poderopedia en Libération de Francia

L`Express, France, souligne Poderopedia

Media.cat, Catalunya: Plataformes poderoses a Amèrica Llatina

La Presse, Canada: Poderopedia, un outil pour débusquer les conflits d’intérêt

Visão, Portugal: Ligações políticas e empresariais no Chile disponibilizadas na internet

Straits Times Singapore: Chile’s ‘Power-opedia’ shines light on elites

IN Lan Magazine features Poderopedia in “The City of the Future” article


The january issue of IN, the award winning magazine distributed in every LAN Airlines flight, includes an article entitled The City of the Future, about new technology and innovative apps, showcasing Poderopedia:

"Governments Under the Microscope

In Chile, Poderopedia aims to become the definitive database on the country’s business and political elite, displaying their intricate networks of connections to prevent conflicts of interest, thereby pushing transparency to a whole new level. That’s how the project is described by its creator, Miguel Paz, winner of Knight Foundation innovation venture funding in 2011 and a 2012 participant in StartUp Chile.”

In the same article by JI Stark, IN highlights SignalNoi.se, a startup created by Mohamed Nanabhay to provide insights for media, that our team really likes and roots for (disclosure: Poderopedia and SignalNoi.se are both projects that received funds from the Knight Foundation).

PBS Idea Lab: Poderopedia Launches Public Beta with Crowdsourced Data Journalism

We are pleased to invite you to Poderopedia, a project backed by Knight Foundation through its News Challenge 2011. We believe that Poderopedia will save reporters time in their reporting and will help citizens understand the relationships between people, companies and organizations that influence our daily lives.