Airbnb vs. Berlin – What Data Tells Us
By Alsino Skowronnek, Berlin-based geographer turned information designer and founder of Maptime Berlin

Rents are on the rise in Berlin, and the reasons are manifold. Online portals of the so-called “sharing economy”, such as Airbnb, are marketing to tourists and have proven to be a profitable business. But are they contributing to a shortage in affordable housing by replacing regular rental appartments with short-term holiday flats?

This question has sparked a vivid public debate not only in New York, San Francisco and London, but also in Berlin. Alsino Skowronnek, Jonas Parnow and Lucas Vogel, have looked into Airbnb’s business activity in Berlin. Their website Airbnb vs Berlin offers a concise analysis of all publicly available Airbnb data for Berlin to date. The findings are presented as an engaging storyline on the web, including interactive maps and visualisations.

Teaching Visual Storytelling in Data Journalism
By Jan-Erik Stange, research associate and lecturer at the Urban Complexity Lab of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Storytelling is an omnipresent buzzword these days, but what does it take to craft a successful interactive visual storytelling piece? In a course called "From Reading to Exploring" taught last fall at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Jan-Erik Stange, scientific researcher in data visualization at the Urban Complexity Lab, and Michael Hörz, data journalist, let students explore challenges related to this question: How do I find reliable data and how do I clean and process it to be able to analyze it? What tools can I use for analysis and visualization? How do I get my audience to engage with my visualization, how much will they be willing to explore actively rather than consume passively?

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