Every day Twitter's users send more than 500 million Tweets around the world, but what do those billions of words actually tell us? How much do Tweets reflect what's happening in the world and how can you access the data to tease apart some of the meanings hidden inside? What kind of data is it and what does it tell you?
Simon Rogers will talk though how he came to learn how to use Twitter data and how he works with it every day to try and extract meaning and stories. He'll talk about his datajournalism career, his role at Twitter, the tools he uses to create visualizations and data stories — and how you can do it yourself.
Simon Rogers Biography:
On Twitter: @smfrogers
Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of ‘Facts are Sacred’, published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Twitter, San Francisco.
Simon edited and created guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website.
He has also been a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets.
In May 2013, he joined Twitter in San Francisco as the organisation’s first Data Editor working to tell stories from billions of tweets.