Processes, standards and documentation for data-driven projects

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Groskopf of Quartz; Paul Overberg of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 9:00am
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Making news is hard, but it can be impossible without a process to support it. We'll discuss how we use team standards, documentation and consistent process to produce polished work on deadline. We'll cover cases where a team builds one thing – like a documentary or app – and when a team builds many things – like a document- or data-sharing project.

We’ll cover everything from technical stuff like a ticketing process to soft skills like how to foster a project vocabulary.

Speaker Bios

  • Christopher Groskopf is the Data Editor at Quartz where he uses and teaches data analysis techniques for news. He is also the author of of the Quartz Guide to Bad Data and the creator of open source tools such as csvkit, agate, and proof. Previously, Chris worked on the NPR Visuals team, built the PANDA Project, and wrote code for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Tyler, TX.

  • Paul Overberg is a data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects. He previously worked at USA TODAY, where he worked on projects that won the Philip Meyer Award for Precision Journalism and the National Headliner Award.

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