I'm working with Open Data Ottawa (http://opendataottawa.ca), and we've recently had
interest from some journalist types regarding working with data.
We're hosting a workshop later this month on Open Refine (previously
Google Refine), which is an application that can remove errors from
and otherwise manipulate data sets. As a very broad example, after
attending this workshop you would be able to take a "dirty"
government-published dataset like the political party donor list and
clean it up to remove inconsistencies in the formatting of names,
addresses and numbers so that you can more easily see what kind of
story your data is telling you.
We'd love to have some of you stop by if this sounds like it would be
useful or interesting! This will take place at Ottawa City Hall on May
25th, and we're just charging a nominal fee ($5) so that we get
relatively accurate attendance numbers. This is a relatively low-level
workshop and no programming expertise is required, but if you have
already used Open Refine for a project then this is probably not for
See here for more information and tickets: (http://blog.opendataottawa.ca/post/48741700400/join-open-data-ottawa-for-a-workshop-on-open-refine)