Election: Making the most out of campaign finance and election APIs

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sam Cohen of The Associated Press; Derek Willis of ProPublica; Lindsay Young of 18F; Matt Della Volpe of The Associated Press
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado F
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

There are more APIs for political data than ever before, but with more options comes uncertainty about the best tool for the job. Learn the details of several elections and campaign finance APIs from the developers who maintain them, what they offer and how you can use them in your newsroom.

Speaker Bios

  • Sam is a Director of Software Development at the Associated Press. He has worked for AP for more than 10 years, and he currently runs a software team of about 10 developers. This team builds and maintains AP's content distribution system, AP's APIs, editorial photo processing, and various web portals that AP uses to move and sell content around the world.

  • Matt Della Volpe (@mattdellavolpe) is a Software Engineer on AP's API team. Matt spends his free time developing a raspberry pi powered, motion activated, web accessible, infrared camera to keep tabs on his cat (long story). mattdellavolpe on Github

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

  • Lindsay Young helps make the government more accountable working as a web developer at 18F. She is teaming with the FEC to create the FEC's first API and beta.fec.gov. An advocate for open data, she says her work "combines [her] love for making data-driven web apps with a passion for disclosure." Lindsay teaches Python for Johns Hopkins' Master’s program. Before 18F, Lindsay spent five years as an investigative reporter & developer at the Sunlight Foundation. @not_young

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