Working with data in Ruby

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Jacqui Maher of BBC News
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Matchless
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This session will cover using Ruby to explore data with an emphasis on JSON. Join us to learn about the Ruby approach to reading and parsing JSON data from files and APIs. We'll also look at how to inspect, filter, select and perform calculations "the Ruby way."

Suggested technical experience: familiarity with the Unix terminal and running executable files would be helpful. I'll cover this briefly at the start if necessary. Doing the "Intro to Ruby" workshop would be useful but not required for this session. 

Bonus material: if time allows - or there is interest (speak up, future workshop attendees!), I'd love to cover formats other than JSON, like csv or xml. I'd also like to show how to generate JSON for use in data visualizations and interactives.


Speaker Bios

  • Jacqui Maher is an interactive journalist in BBC News Labs, working with BBC News and the World Service to find the best ways of producing and presenting stories across different platforms and languages. Prior to joining the BBC, she was at The New York Times, where she spent several years on the Interactive News desk and R&D pushing the mix of technology and reporting forward. Her background's in epidemiology, journalism and tech.


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