Data resources, a bit on how to gather it, and what you can do with it. Examples from news outlets. Hopefully some brainstorming of your own projects.
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Highly relevant to last night's discussion: "Who will bring AI to those who cannot pay?" http://overview.ap.org/blog/2014/02/who-will-bring-ai-to-those-who-cannot-pay/
0 · February 19, 2014
I've added a page with some data sources to get people started. Anyone in the group can edit the page; please feel free to add data sources!
0 · February 18, 2014
I am another appointment and will be late.
This just in! Nate Silver is looking for data-driven freelance pitches! Here's a link to his wish list:
If any of you have ideas for this and want some help getting the data tools, please either email me or grab me at the meeting Tuesday. I have a few ideas of my own but I'm not sure they're in the areas he's emphasizing.
0 · February 14, 2014
I'm doing a bit of #snowlandia / #pdxtst brainstorming. When I was very young I wanted to be a meteorologist and I'm now hunting down weather data sources. I'd love to hear from the journalists on this list the sort of data-driven stories we might write in the next few weeks.
One that just occurred to me is an interactive map of the history of power outages in the Metro area. It seems to me that some places have many more power outages than others. They're extremely rare where I live, for example.
1 · February 8, 2014
The cost of underground power lines by neighborhood is probably proportional to the cost of real estate. and power outage frequency is also inversely proportional to land prices. Which means that the common good is maximized by deploying robust power infrastructure to poor or HUD zone neighborhoods first! Just the opposite of the infrastructure pattern we usually see in big cities.
0 · February 9, 2014
FOIA request letters to utility companies might uncover the map data you need, and a progressive city would offer that data in a machine-readable format.
I was looking at the PGE web site last night. They have a *current* outage map and list page, so we know they have the data in machine-readable form and at least enough IT manpower to put up a primitive (by digital journalists' standards) user interface. So someone could put up a scraper at worst and ask for a database dump at best. I'm guessing, since the utilities are regulated, there's a government agency that tracks that stuff too.
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