TOPIC 05: Evidence and Stories

Whether it’s for monitoring trends, evaluating impact or dispelling myths, open data is a key ingredient on the path to evidence. We’ll examine the role of open data in evidence-based policy making, data-driven campaigns and advocacy, data journalism and visualisation and discover how much and how clearly we can communicate illuminating an argument and telling a story with data.

Main Speakers:

Programme Advisors:

Session 0 Visualizing Information for Advocacy – Pre-release Event

Tuesday 17 September, 16:00 – 17:00 @ Room 7, Floor 2

Authors and hosts: Tactical Tech Collective

Session 1 Data-driven campaigning  –  Cross-disciplinary panel

Wednesday 18 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 13, Floor 2


Panel members:

Session 2 Data-driven storytelling (supported by Pro Helvetia) – Talks

Wednesday 18 September, 14:45  –16:00 @ Main Stage Room 2


    • Storytelling Workout: Routines & Techniques for Interactive Graphics Editors – Benjamin Wiederkehr, Interactive Things

Additional Workshops on Monday 16

In addition to the main programme we are holding two workshops as part of the Evidence and Stories programme on the pre-conference day – Monday 16 – which you are invited to join.

Session A Interoperability Standards for Public Good Data – Workshop

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 17:00 @ Room 11, Floor 2

Coordinators: Christopher WilsonThe Engine Room and Jun Matsushitainformation innovation lab (iilab)

Session B How to turn data into stories – Data Visualization Workshop

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 17:00 @ Room 23, Ground Floor

Co-organizers: Benjamin Wiederkehr, Interactive ThingsAlice Kohli, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Session C Learn How to Run Your Own Data Expedition – Workshop

Thursday 19 September, 9:00-12:00 @ University of Geneva / Pignon, Room P_S03

Co-organizers: Milena Marin, School of Data, Open Knowledge Foundation, Juan Casanueva, SocialTIC


  1.  One week to #OKCon – see you there | O/ blog
  2.  Previewing OKCon in Geneva, 16-19 September | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative
  3.  Data Storytelling Takes Center State at OKCon in Geneva | Idea Lab | PBS

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