Things we love
Google Sheets's IMPORTHTML function
This function for Google Sheets can grab a table off of a website and drop it directly into your spreadsheet. Awesome.
Import.io makes it super-easy to scrape (some) websites. You can use the Import.io website, or download the desktop tool for more power.
This great tool sucks tables out of PDFs, provided they’re not too big.
An instance of DocumentCloud, this tool will let you deal with large stacks of badly-scanned documents — exactly the type that government likes to foist on its media in response to PAIA requests.
Open Refine openrefine.org
No matter what you call it, it’s our go-to tool for cleaning dirty data. This tool will save you weeks of work.
School of Data schoolofdata.org
The definitive training for data journalists.
People's Assembly pa.org.za
Biographies, contact details and declared insterests of all South African Members of Parliament.
Stats SA statssa.gov.za
Statistics South Africa release lots of juicy national and local statistics regularly.
The African Open Data portal.
City of Cape Town Open Data Portal
The first city Open Data portal on the continent.