2013 CAR Conference

Those dastardly PDFs

  • Event: 2013 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Charles Duncan, Jim Miller
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 1 at 9 a.m.
  • Location: Regency North
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

So much data comes to us in .pdf form or, worse, on paper that we then need to scan. We'll offer tips, tricks and best practices to quickly crack open those dastardly files and get the data in a usable format. We'll look at some of classic methods of breaking down PDFs and we'll introduce a tool that uses XML to splice PDFs and turn them into CSVs.


    Charles Duncan is the founding editor of Raleigh Public Record and is leading the journalism side and biz development for the docHive team. The Record, founded in 2008, is a nonprofit dedicated to watchdog and public affairs reporting in Raleigh, NC. In his spare time he's also a part-time grad student at Duke where he's taking a class or two a semester for the rest of his life. @duncanreporting

    Jim Miller works in the Capitol Bureau of The Sacramento Bee. He previously covered the Capitol for The Press-Enterprise, a newspaper based in Riverside, Calif. He has been a newspaper reporter since 1992 and has spent the past 14 years writing about state government and politics. A 2000 boot camp got him interested in computer-assisted reporting and he later earned an associate's degree in GIS. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. @jimmiller2

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