Do it once (and only once)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Willis of ProPublica; David Eads of ProPublica Illinois
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Because data processing can be fraught with peril (and consume a ton of your time), this session will show you the nuts and bolts of doing it in a reusable way. We'll cover things like writing scripts to clean and import data; managing the processing code with version control; and the importance of audit trails so that you can keep track of what's happening with your code behind the scenes.

Speaker Bios

  • David Eads is a news applications developer at ProPublica Illinois, where he combines journalism with software development. In the early 00’s, he helped found the Invisible Institute, where he ran a site about Chicago public housing called The View From The Ground. He later helped create FreeGeek Chicago, a community-based computer recycling organization. He has worked on visual journalism teams at the Chicago Tribune and NPR Visuals.

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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