NICAR Commons: California Code Rush - The CAL-ACCESS Challenge

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 1:30pm
  • Location: International Foyer
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Hacks, hackers and newbies of all ages! Step right up and help the California Civic Data Coalition master CAL-ACCESS, the golden state’s campaign cash database. Our team is here at NICAR 2015 with dozens of open tickets, in all shapes and sizes. And we are asking you to help close them out.

It’s a simple game. Submit a patch, win a prize. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the prize. Don’t worry if you’re new to open source. Stop by and we’ll guide you through your first contribution, from fork to patch to pull. 


Speaker Bios

  • Ben is the editor of the Data and Graphics Department in the Los Angeles Times newsroom. The team of reporters and computer programmers works together to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. He is also a co-founder of the California Civic Data Coalition, a network of journalists and computer programmers dedicated to opening up public data, and the leader of PastPages, an open-source effort to better archive digital news. @palewire

  • Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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