Simon Rogers, a prominent data journalist who led the Guardian’s Datablog, will join Twitter as its first data editor.
One of Rogers’s most highly regarded projects at the Guardian drew on tweets to map public unrest in London in the summer of 2011.
“Just to be there, in the midst of that data will be amazing. I think it will make me better at what I do. And I hope I have something to offer them too,” Rogers told O’Reilly media.
Rogers will move to San Francisco to work from Twitter’s headquarters.
He declined to discuss what kind of data visualizations and reports he will generate as a Twitter employee or what impact the company’s aggressive ploy for advertising dollars might have on his work.
James Ball will replace Rogers as the editor of Datablog.
— Simon Rogers (@smfrogers) April 18, 2013