NetStories is a resource website that aims to empower communities to create digital stories through providing information about data storytelling tools available in the field.
Over the past several years, increasing internet access and powerful in-browser functionality have laid the foundation for the proliferation of new data storytelling tools. There are very few resources, however, for sifting through online data storytelling tools and quickly ascertaining their strengths and weaknesses. NetStories aims to fill this void by providing a resource where users can identify storytelling tools to fit their needs and also access resources for creative, community-based storytelling. The platform includes particular information about each tool, including a short description, cost (if any), difficulty level, and technical specifications.
The site features a game developed by the Networks Story Group at the Berkman Center to engage participants in methods and online storytelling tools. The site also features a blog to address the latest developments in online digital storytelling.
NetStories is being carried out in partnership with the MIT Center for Civic Media, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the MIT Open Doc Lab.
Dalia Othman is a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Center for Civic Media. Recently, Dalia has been focusing on online civic engagement in the Arab World, media discourse and exploring different formats of digital storytelling that promote socio-political change.
Rahul Bhargava leads hands-on data workshops around the world. In his current role as research scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, he manages development and outreach for a number of participatory data projects. His Data Therapy workshops have been bringing people together around data with engaging activities for over 10 years. Bhargava combines a background in interactive robotics, popular education, and effective data presentation to build creative and playful activities that introduce data literacy in appropriate ways to a variety of audiences. He is a technologist, educator, and father based in Somerville, Mass.
Catherine D’Ignazio‘s work focuses on data literacy, media innovation and civic art. She is an Assistant Professor at Emerson College, a Fellow at the Engagement Lab and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media.
Adrienne Debigare is the Community Manager at Harvard Business School’s Digital Initiative. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Center for Civic Media and a Research Assistant for the Internet Monitor project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.