January 14, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Campaigns and elections generate a lot of data. Prepare yourself by registering now for a half day of training with New York Times journalists Griff Palmer, Kevin Quealy and Derek Willis
On Jan. 14, Hacks/Hackers NYC is partnering IRE to present a half-day workshop focused on campaign financing. You'll learn:
- about the various campaign finance data available from the FEC, what's important, and how to find it and what it means
- about a deeper understanding of the uses, benefits and pitfalls of FEC data.
- FTP data vs. electronic filings, the FEC's new CSV files and how they figure in reporting
- how to use libraries like Fech for presidential filings, and The New York Times' Campaign Cash and Campaign Finance APIs
- You'll get hands-on experience working with independent expenditures data via spreadsheet, as well as an opportunity to code a skeleton app for presidential filings.
Minimum knowledge requirements:
- Know how to work with CSV files in Excel
- Familiarity with Ruby/Rails/Sinatra or similar
- Must be comfortable using the command line
To join this half-day workshop, RSVP today ($55, payable in advance) to attend. Seating is extremely limited to ensure personalized instruction, so be sure to sign up right away. Further instructions will be sent to registered students before the class.
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Registration
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Workshop instruction
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