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Submit session, speaker ideas for NICAR15 in Atlanta

We're gearing up for our annual data journalism conference March 5-8 in Atlanta and want your input to make this the best NICAR yet.

We're accepting session and speaker ideas through September 12. Please submit your ideas using the link below. If you'd rather send them via email, please use confideas@ire.org.

Thanks to all of you who've submitted ideas and attended our conferences in the past. We couldn't do it without you. Your enthusiasm and creativity help us put on amazing events and we can't wait to see your latest ideas.

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Updated FBI Uniform Crime Reports now available

The NICAR Database Library has updated the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, one of the best resources for national crime statistics. The most current reports are for 2012.


WHAT’S IN IT?

Law enforcement agencies around the countr​y ​​voluntarily* submit reports to the FBI on what are known as "index" crimes: Murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes are meant to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in both the overall volume and rate of crime. The data include the number of crimes by agency and by month. Geographic ...

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How to sell your boss on sending you to the CAR Conference

Trying to get your boss to send you to the upcoming CAR Conference in Baltimore? Try these suggestions, courtesty of your colleagues on the NICAR listserv.

  • "Our competitors will have people there, and they will ultimately use the skills they learn to publish stories we wish we had." - Matthew Doig, Newsday
  • "If your bosses have ever had a question they couldn't solve without some data crunching ("I wonder how many felons have hunting licenses?" "I wish we knew how to figure out who owns the most property in the county." "What's the most popular registered dog name?") this ...
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Students: Spend the summer at IRE

Attention journalism students!

This is a reminder that IRE and the NICAR Database Library will once again be hosting a Google Journalism Fellow over the summer. Our fellow will have opportunities to work with national datasets, mine for stories, use our data to create online visualizations or help us promote open source tools for journalists.

Apply here by January 31. We want applicants with a passion for investigative reporting, who have some experience with data and who are eager to learn more.

The Google Journalism Fellowship is 10 weeks long and starts with a week at Google in Mountain View ...

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Mentorship program at Baltimore

IRE's Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference offers an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one coaching on data-driven investigative reporting techniques, news applications and tools. These private sessions allow attendees to seek advice on challenging projects or followup ideas and professional development. These sessions are not for job seekers; they are designed for teaching and sharing information.

This program is now full. Please email jaimi@ire.org if you'd like a mentor and we'll add your name to a waiting list. 

IRE pairs those who signed up with a mentor, and contact information is provided to both mentors and those who want ...

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Home Mortgage Disclosure Act -- 2012 data now available

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) database has just been updated in the NICAR Database Library.

WHAT'S IN IT?
This Act requires all banks, savings and loans, savings banks and credit unions with assets of more than $33 million and offices in metropolitan areas to report mortgage applications. Each loan record contains demographic information about loan applicants, including race, gender and income; the purpose of the loan (i.e. home purchase or improvement); whether the buyer intends to live in the home; the type of loan (i.e. conventional, FHA insured, etc.); a new field starting in 2004 called ...

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Now accepting 2014 CAR Conference T-shirt designs

IRE's Ted Han and Jaimi Dowdell set up for the 2013 IRE Conference, Han in last year's winning T-shirt and Dowdell in the original winner. Travis Hartman photo.

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting will once again be selling a T-shirt in celebration of data and the people who love and care for them, which will help raise money for future NICAR training events.

NICAR is currently accepting ideas and designs for T-shirts. We will accept entries until Oct. 18. Send official entries to shirts@ire.org. Only submissions sent to that email will be entered in the ...

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Updated OSHA Workplace Safety data in data library

The Workplace Safety database from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just been updated in the NICAR Database Library.

WHAT’S IN IT?

This 10-table database holds information on workplace inspections performed by both federal and state OSHA offices in all states and U.S. territories, from 1972 to Aug 2013 – more than 4 million records.

OSHA classifies businesses by their location, name and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), making it possible to analyze inspections, violations and accidents involving a certain occupation or those in a given region or city. The data also include details on the ...

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Updated FDA Medical Device Reports (MAUDE) available in the data library

The NICAR Database Library has just updated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database(MAUDE).

WHAT’S IN IT?
Current with reports received by the FDA through June 28, 2013, the data include nearly 3 million records of problems involving medical devices. These problems include injuries, deaths and product malfunctions. 

The dataset has a unique MDR report number for each incident and contact detail for the manufacturers and distributors. The age and expiration date for devices are also available in some instances. A memo field includes narratives that describe how problems occurred ...

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