Special Training

 

REVEAL

Techraking 22: Bootstrapping the News

Sponsored by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

REGISTER

Wednesday, March 6 | 1-5 p.m.

Give us four hours and your laptop, and we’ll send you into NICAR with a fully-functioning data-crunching machine and the knowledge to use it.

One of the biggest hurdles to learning programming is the often bewildering process of setting up your computer. Veteran programmers and data crunchers from Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting will give you a virtual playground on your personal laptop that will allow you to explore all the tools you’ll gather throughout the conference. In this four-hour workshop, we’ll introduce crucial programming concepts and tools and — most importantly — why we use them.

You’ll walk into conference sessions with a laptop loaded with many of the tools presenters will be talking about, and a leg up as you continue developing your skills once you’re back home.

Cost: $75 per person

Audience size: 50 people

Target audience: People with no or minimal exposure to programming who need a jumping off point to get their feet wet so they are prepared for programming classes at the conference.

Requirements to attend: Laptop with administrative privileges

Minimum technical specifications: Windows: Version 8 or higher; Mac: OS 10.9 (Mavericks) or higher. 4 GB of RAM, 15 GB of free hard-drive space. English layout keyboard strongly preferred. (Other layouts may work, but we’ve had trouble with certain characters in the past and our ability to provide tech support will be limited.)

Participants will walk away with a fully functioning dev machine (on their personal laptop) that includes: VirtualBox, Ubuntu/Xbuntu, Bower, csvkit, Django, Fabric, Git, Grunt, Ilene, Jupyter, MySQL, Node.js, NPM, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, pyenv, Python, QuantumGIS, R, RBENV, Rails, Ruby, SQLite, Tabula, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper

Basic Schedule:

I. Programming: Why should you care?

II. What we’re about to install

III. Installing VirtualBox and Ubuntu

IV. Brief overview of stuff you got with your install

V. Using your new powers

A. Navigating the command line

B. Updating/installing software with apt

C. Working with open-source software

D. Basic version control (git)

E. How to get help


TABLEAU

An introduction to data visualization with Tableau (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, 9-10 a.m.

Skill level: Beginner

Participants will get an introduction to Tableau and the Tableau Public platform. It is a hands-on session, and we will use a simple data set to create an interactive data visualization ready for publication.

We will look at how to quickly create maps in Tableau and how to make the final chart responsive, so that it can be seen on different devices.

Software, data files and laptops are provided for the duration of the class. In the course of the session we will create a free account on Tableau Public. Participants will need an email address for that. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class.

Speakers: Florian Ramseger & Jonni Walker, Tableau Software

 

Finding your data story: Visual analytics best practices using Tableau (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Skill level: Some experience working with data would be ideal

Participants will get a crash-course in the fundamentals of Tableau. We will work with a slightly more complex dataset than we did in the introduction course. We will discuss how the data is shaped and will use Tableau to find an interesting story in the data, before turning it into a publishable visualization. Depending on the time available and the appetite of participants, we can also dive deeper into maps, simple statistical tools, or design best practices.

Software, data files and laptops are provided for the duration of the class. The session is designed to follow the session “An introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau”, but can also be taken on its own. Participants are expected to create a free account on Tableau Public before or at the beginning of the session. Participants will need an email address for that. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class.

Speakers: Florian Ramseger & Jonni Walker, Tableau Software

 

From messy data to insightful story: Cleaning data using Tableau (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Skill level: Some experience working with data and is necessary; Knowledge of Tableau Desktop / Tableau Public would be ideal

Participants will get a crash-course in the fundamentals of Tableau Prep. We will work with a couple of messy real-world data sets. We will clean, shape, and merge our data in Tableau Prep with the aim of analyzing it in Tableau Desktop and finally publishing an interactive chart with Tableau Public.

Software, data files and laptops are provided for the duration of the class. The session is designed to follow the sessions “An introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau” and “Finding your data story: Visual analytics best practices using Tableau”, but can also be taken on its own by participants who have some experience in working with data. Knowledge of Tableau would be ideal. Participants are expected to create a free account on Tableau Public before or at the beginning of the session. Participants will need an email address for that. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class.

Speakers: Florian Ramseger & Jonni Walker, Tableau Software


An introduction to data visualization with Tableau – repeat session (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Skill level: Beginner

Participants will get an introduction to Tableau and the Tableau Public platform. It is a hands-on session, and we will use a simple data set to create an interactive data visualization ready for publication.

We will look at how to quickly create maps in Tableau and how to make the final chart responsive, so that it can be seen on different devices.

Software, data files and laptops are provided for the duration of the class. In the course of the session we will create a free account on Tableau Public. Participants will need an email address for that. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class.

Speakers: Florian Ramseger & Jonni Walker, Tableau Software

 

Finding your data story: Visual analytics best practices using Tableau – repeat session (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Skill level: Some experience working with data would be ideal

Participants will get a crash-course in the fundamentals of Tableau. We will work with a slightly more complex dataset than we did in the introduction course. We will discuss how the data is shaped and will use Tableau to find an interesting story in the data, before turning it into a publishable visualization. Depending on the time available and the appetite of participants, we can also dive deeper into maps, simple statistical tools, or design best practices.

Software, data files and laptops are provided for the duration of the class. The session is designed to follow the session “An introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau”, but can also be taken on its own. Participants are expected to create a free account on Tableau Public before or at the beginning of the session. Participants will need an email address for that. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class.

Speakers: Florian Ramseger & Jonni Walker, Tableau Software

 

From messy data to insightful story: Cleaning data using Tableau – repeat session (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Skill level: Some experience working with data and is necessary; Knowledge of Tableau Desktop / Tableau Public would be ideal

Participants will get a crash-course in the fundamentals of Tableau Prep. We will work with a couple of messy real-world data sets. We will clean, shape, and merge our data in Tableau Prep with the aim of analyzing it in Tableau Desktop and finally publishing an interactive chart with Tableau Public.

Software, data files and laptops are provided for the duration of the class. The session is designed to follow the sessions “An introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau” and “Finding your data story: Visual analytics best practices using Tableau”, but can also be taken on its own by participants who have some experience in working with data. Knowledge of Tableau would be ideal. Participants are expected to create a free account on Tableau Public before or at the beginning of the session. Participants will need an email address for that. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class.

Speakers: Florian Ramseger & Jonni Walker, Tableau Software