The data behind the pixel

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Eric Sagara of Big Local News; Al Shaw of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Satellite data provides a bird's eye view of the world and allows us to examine things such as conflict, pollution, climate change, natural disasters and even slave trade. There are a lot of data products out there – some for free, others that cost money. This session will give a brief overview of the different types of satellite data available – from NASA's MODIS and LANDSAT satellites, to private offerings such as Planet Labs. We will provide a brief overview of how to search for the data and download it using a variety of tools. Additionally, we’ll talk about analyzing pixel quality and processing data for both true color and false color imagery.

Speaker Bios

  • Eric is a Senior Data Reporter for Big Local News at Stanford University. Before that he was on the data team at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. He also has been a News Applications Fellow at ProPublica and a data reporter at the Newark Star Ledger. 

  • Al Shaw is a news applications developer at ProPublica where he uses data and interactive graphics to cover environmental issues, natural disasters and politics.

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