Building mobile-ready visualizations and maps in minutes with Silk

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Alex Salkever of
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Silk is an all-purpose tool for data journalism that lets anyone convert spreadsheets into an online database and data visualizations in minutes. In this demo session we'll pull data about 2015 killings by the police in California aggregated from Facebook and and turn it into maps, charts, and interactive tables. Then we'll upload data from the 500 most successful Kickstarter technology projects in 2014, do some quick visual analysis, then save and publish visualizations.

Speaker Bios

  • Alex Salkever is Head of Marketing and Business Development at Silk is a free data publishing and visualization platform used by dozens of news orgs to build publish-ready databases, maps and and visualizations in minutes. Salkever was formerly the tech editor at BusinessWeek. He has bylined in numerous national publications and is still blogging and writing. Salkever also participates in data journalism education for college media and the Open Data movement.

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