Introducing Geomancer: Don’t let your data be lonely tonight

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Eder of DataMade; Troy Thibodeaux of The Associated Press; Serdar Tumgoren of Stanford University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Geomancer is a tool with a simple and powerful purpose: to make it easier for journalists on deadline to add context to their data sets by finding and merging geographically related data. Have a set of county-level data and want to add demographic data for those counties? That's the sort of thing Geomancer is built to help you do. Geomancer is free, open-source and built to be extended, so you can install Geomancer for your newsroom and start adding your favorite geographically tagged data. Join us for a walkthrough of the tool, an overview of the installation process and a peek into what it takes to add new data sources to your Geomancer.

Speaker Bios

  • Derek Eder is an entrepreneur, technologist, organizer and one of the leaders of the civic tech community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade, a company that tells stories and builds tools with data and the lead organizer for Chi Hack Night, Chicago’s premier weekly event for building, sharing and learning about civic tech.

  • Troy leads a distributed team of data analysts and developers working in newsrooms across The Associated Press to tell stories using data. His current obsession is data-driven newsroom collaborations. Ask him about SunshineHub or AP's data distros. Troy is based in New Orleans and, like most New Orleanians, probably talks about it too much.

  • Serdar Tumgoren teaches data journalism at Stanford University. He previously wrangled data and code at the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Congressional Quarterly.

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