In February 2020, "Mapping Makoko," a Pulitzer Center-supported project, was shortlisted in the Open Data category of the 2020 Sigma Awards, a brand new competition celebrating the best data journalism from around the world.
"Mapping Makoko" explores a bottom-up mapping project that helped the Makoko community in Lagos, Nigeria, fight for their land rights. The project, led in part by Pulitzer Center grantee Jacopo Ottaviani, combines data, satellite images, on-the-ground multimedia journalism, and long-form storytelling.
Ottaviani works as chief data officer with Code for Africa and was an ICFJ Knight Fellow in 2016-19. He works on building teams of developers, designers, and storytellers to produce cross-border journalism and develop digital tools for media and civic engagement in Africa and beyond.
The Sigma Awards aims to celebrate the best data journalism around the world, but also to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.
A total of 82 projects, from 31 countries, have been selected for the shortlist. Winners will be announced by the end of February 2020.