Do it once (and only once)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Willis of ProPublica; David Eads of The Chicago Reporter
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Because data processing can be fraught with peril (and consume a ton of your time), this session will show you the nuts and bolts of doing it in a reusable way. We'll cover things like writing scripts to clean and import data; managing the processing code with version control; and the importance of audit trails so that you can keep track of what's happening with your code behind the scenes.

Speaker Bios

  • David Eads is design and delivery editor at The Chicago Reporter, where he combines journalism with software development. In the early 00’s, he helped found the Invisible Institute, where he ran a site about Chicago public housing called The View From The Ground. He later helped create FreeGeek Chicago, a community-based computer recycling organization. He has worked on visual journalism teams at the Chicago Tribune, NPR Visuals, and ProPublica Illinois.

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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