The 2018 Nordic Data Journalism Conference (NODA 2018) was the fifth edition of the NODA conferences and it marks the return of the conference to its birthplace in Sweden. Since its launch in over four years ago, NODA has achieved an impressive following by data journalists and media scholars after being held in Odense, Denmark (2017), Helsinki, Finland (2016), Ålesund, Norway (2015) and Stockholm, Sweden (2013). The conference venue 2018 was Södertörn University.
NODA 2018 started with an academic pre-conference day on March 15 and the same day there was an additional full-day competence courses for beginners as well as developers and editorial leaders. Helena Bengtsson, the Editor of the Data Desk at The Guardian led a workshop about data journalism basics and J++ gave a session on the basics of Python programming. The conference dinner took place on March 16, during which the Nordic Data Journalism Awards were be presented. The event brought together data journalists, editors, visualisation experts, researchers, students and others involved with data journalism for a weekend packed with various sessions and activities dealing with best practices, tools and relevant scholarly work.
The conference came at an exciting time given the enormous growth of data due to the wide use of the Internet and the proliferation of various social media platforms and the emergence of new technologies. NODA 2018 included high-tech topics that have the potential of reshaping journalism such as artificial intelligence, fake news detection and blockchains. Along with sessions with panels and presentations, there were hands-on workshops to give participants the opportunity not only to hear about the various tools and methods used in data journalism, but to also try them out themselves with guidance of qualified experts in the field. The nominees for NODA Awards presented their work and there was a session with lightning talks.
On social media, we used the hashtag #NODA18.