When Excel isn't enough (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2016 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Thomas Thoren of Independent
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 17 at 10:15am
  • Location: Galerie 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Excel is a great tool for most jobs, but it has its limitations. Large files can mean long wait times and it can be difficult to understand and reproduce old work. Databases, however, are faster and powerful enough to handle large amounts of data. And with SQL, you can easily document and reproduce your data analysis which means you’ll be ready to quickly recreate a Census data analysis when new data is released.

You won’t leave this session a database expert, but you will understand the benefits of databases and have a strong footing for getting started with SQL.

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    Excel is a great tool for most jobs, but it has its limitations. Large files can mean long wait times and it can be difficult to understand and reproduce old work. Databases, however, are faster and powerful enough to handle large amounts of data. And with SQL, you can easily document and reproduce your data analysis which means you’ll be ready to quickly recreate a Census data analysis when new data is released.