Demo: Tools for cracking PDFs

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Miguel Barbosa of CitizenAudit; Kevin Crowe of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 11:20am
  • Location: International 10
  • 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 discuss docHive and Tabula, tools developed by fellow NICARians that can help liberate data.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Miguel Barbosa is the Co-Founder & Ceo of CitizenAudit.org a tool designed to help journalists and investigators research nonprofits. Prior to this, Miguel worked as an analyst at a Hedgefund in Chicago.

  • @kcrowebasspro is a data journalist on USA Today's national investigative team. In the past, he's worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, inewsource in San Diego and the St. Louis Post-Disptach. 

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