Data alchemy

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Mike Tigas of ProPublica; Jeremy Merrill of Quartz; Eric Sagara of Big Local News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:10am
  • Location: M105
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Ever get a load of PDF files back when you wanted data? Ever download shapefiles in esoteric projections? Encoding issues? This hands-on workshop will teach data-savvy users how they can get usable, analyzable data out of what would otherwise be considered junk (or a headache).

Speaker Bios

  • Jeremy B. Merrill is a machine learning journalist with Qz's AI Studio. Previously, he has reported with a vast crowd-sourced database of political Facebook ads at ProPublica. @jeremybmerrill

  • Eric Sagara is a visiting senior data journalist with the Big Local News Project and part of the JSK Fellowships Impact Partnership with Big Local News. He was the senior data reporter for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting prior to coming to Stanford. He was also a news applications fellow at ProPublica and prior to that was a reporter on The Newark Star-Ledger’s data team. 

  • Mike is a hacker-journalist at ProPublica, where he works on news applications, network infrastructure, and digital security. Outside of ProPublica he is a core contributor to the Tor Project, working on censorship-circumventing mobile apps. He was an adjunct instructor at New York University’s Studio20 digital journalism program and was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow. @mtigas

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