And the nominees are… Politnetz AG

Politnetz.ch is nominated for a Data Journalism Award with their data-driven application Transparent Politics. An interview with one of its makers, Thomas Bigliel.

When presenting Politnetz in a pitch, what would you say?
At its core, Web 2.0 is driven by user contributions and therefore operates on a democratic basis. The founders of Politnetz.ch have implemented a closely related idea of using Web 2.0 for politics. On this platform, more than 18,000 citizens interact with politicians, including 120 national councilors.

What inspired you to make Politnetz.ch?
The “intransparency” of the parliament issues. And: We wanted to fight the disenchantment with politics. Specially to the young people.

Did you work by yourself or in a team?
Thomas has a focus on design and usability. He is also the managing director. Markus does the programming stuff, therefore he’s our technical director. Luca is responsible for everything that has to do with sales and marketing. We also have some temporary interns.

How did you get a hold on the data you needed?
We have no control over the data. The voting data are provided by the swiss parliament.

Which tools were used making this production?
We used our minds and a lot of creativity. Coffee also.

How did it take to make Politnetz.ch?
It’s still not finished.

Were there any bumps in the road?
Sadly, our politicans.

Do you have a useful tip for starting data journalists?
Be loud!

‘And the nominees are…’ is a serie of interviews with the journalists behind the entries at the Data Journalism Awards Shortlist. The Data Journalism Awards (DJA) competition is the first international contest recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide. The Data Journalism Awards were organised by the Global Editors Network, in collaboration with the European Journalism Centre and supported by Google. (All interviews in this serie were conducted through e-mail.)
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