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 reporter with Quartz's investigation team, covering online political influence using computer-assisted reporting and artificial intelligence.

  • Eric is a Senior Data Reporter for Big Local News at Stanford University. Before that he was on the data team at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. He also has been a News Applications Fellow at ProPublica and a data reporter at the Newark Star Ledger. 

  • 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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