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DIY data gathering: Tools to help you get and use the data you want

Open government data, FOIA request results, and even just walking around the neighborhood all give us data to tell a new story or create a cool visualization. But rarely does the data come in an easy-to-use format.

Join Hacks/Hackers and the Online News Association on Oct. 8 to learn three ways to make that intractable data useful.

Presenters:

Noah Veltman is a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow at the BBC. He's done a lot of neat data projects including a map of the history of street names in San Francisco, which involved *gasp* calling actual human beings to gather all his data. Noah is currently working on opening up the street history project for other cities, like Philly.

Manuel Aristarán is a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow at La Nacion on Buenos Aires, Argentina. He's working on a tool called Tabula that extracts tabular data from PDFs. Tabula helps solve the frustrating problem of accessing data trapped in PDFs.

A team of mapping enthusiasts ran a couple of balloon mapping workshops this spring and summer to get a birds-eye view of places in the region. They then used an open source tool from the Public Labto compile photographs of the area.

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  • Nathan A.

    I loved it! We definitely need more journalism meetups circled around journalism!

    October 9, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    So great! All the presenters were very unique and had a great perspective to share. Not to mention the data!

    2 · October 8, 2013

    • Nathan A.

      Yeah I really liked that guy from Argentina. Put an interesting spin on things and very informative + entertaining

      October 9, 2013

  • Shannon W.

    I'm bringing about 20 Temple journalism students with me, so make that +2 a +20.

    October 2, 2013

    • Amanda C.

      I met your student Mike Wojcik tonight- really sharp guy!

      2 · October 8, 2013

    • Nathan A.

      I have to agree. Very ambitious and professional gentleman

      October 9, 2013

  • Nathan A.

    Are there any writers who would like to be a reporter for smallbizphilly.com?

    October 9, 2013

  • Zack B.

    Any chance this will be live streamed?

    October 7, 2013

    • Christopher W.

      It will not be, unfortunately.

      October 8, 2013

    • Zack B.

      Thanks. *Books Amtrak ticket*

      2 · October 8, 2013

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