Tags : software

Tableau announces Mac version to be released 'early next year'

At its customer conference this week in Washington, D.C., Tableau Software announced that a Mac-compatible version of its software would become available along with the newest version, Tableau 8.2, to be released most likely "early next year," according to the Tableau Public blog.

Tableau's public and desktop versions of its data analysis and visualization software have become popular in several newsrooms and have been demonstrated at the last several IRE and CAR Conferences. Much of Tableau's appeal for journalists is its ability to provide a user interface for producing interactive maps and data visualizations without requiring ...

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FOIA Machine sees early success on Kickstarter

On July 16, a team of journalists and developers launched a Kickstarter campaign for a project called FOIA Machine. They asked for $17,500 to build a tool to help journalists and citizens request public information -- a “TurboTax for government records,” the team called it. Two days later, they passed that goal.

A week later, they doubled it. The project, originally sponsored by The Center for Investigative Reporting, had more than $35,000 -- $15,000 of which is matched by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri – from 1,131 backers.

Now, FOIA Machine has a ...

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Discovering data at the IRE Conference

Jewel Loree, of Tableau Software, uses her hands to illustrate how the software reformats data into columns during the Tabluea Public for beginners session. Photo by Travis Hartman.

By Kathryn Sharkey

It’s a word mentioned over and over at the IRE Conference, whether you’re at a specific panel on the subject or not: data.

This is my first time attending an IRE conference and I already knew that data can add real power to a story, which is why I made sure to attend the Tableau software hands-on training for better ideas and skills on what to with ...

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IRE announces partnership with Cometdocs

You have probably encountered the problem of the PDF; the data and information are there, but locked in the PDF leaving you unable to filter, sort and work with the data in other ways. This file format can frustrate the savviest of journalists, but there are services available to help. IRE has partnered with Cometdocs.com, an online file conversion and storage tool to better help journalists with PDF files.

This partnership means IRE members are eligible to receive a free premium account from Cometdocs.com.

"The role of a journalist involves working with multitudes of information and data, often ...
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Getting the widest impact out of your software project

Last week at the 2013 CAR Conference, DocumentCloud's Lead Developer Ted Han joined a panel discussing how to get the widest impact out of a software project. 

Reporter's Lab has a thorough write-up of the panel, addressing the questions how much code is really re-used, and how to measure the success of a software project.

Success for an open-source project is different from a commercial one. As Han said during the panel, the big difference between commercial and open source start-up projects is “less a question of how you operate and more a question of your values.” 

The ...

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Passes for ArcView mapping sessions to be distributed Friday morning of CAR Conference

Those interested in taking the mapping classes (to qualify for the Esri ArcView software) at the 2013 CAR Conference must show up for the Friday morning session beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Keeneland room. Slots in the class will be distributed until they are gone. If more than 24 people want to take the course, additional slots will be handed out for the Sunday morning sessions at that time. If 24 or fewer people show up on Thursday, there will not be a Sunday class. (Sunday sessions would begin at 9 a.m. and end by 11 ...

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10 things to know about Excel 2007

Microsoft gave Excel, its spreadsheet program, an extreme interface makeover as part of the overhaul of its Office 2007 software suite. Excel users accustomed to the menus and wizards of old will no doubt find the Ribbon\Tab\Button interface daunting at first. But, after spending time with the program, most journalists doing CAR will find that the interface provides a quicker way to find key functions. Here are some things you need to know about Excel 2007 to get up and running. 1. Office Open XML (.xlsx) is the default file format in Excel 2007. If you create any ... Read more ...