Building your own database

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Steven Rich of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Mariner Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this hands-on session we'll turn some paper records into machine-readable data. Along the way we'll learn the best practices of structuring a data set and entering data, and we'll talk about pitfalls such as data types, unstandardized data and memo fields.

**You must bring a laptop and have a Google account to participate in this session.

This session is good for: Anyone familiar with the basics of spreadsheets and frustrated by paper records.

Speaker Bios

  • Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He's worked on investigations probing the National Security Agency, tax lien sales, asset forfeiture, policing and college athletics. He has been a reporter on two teams awarded Pulitzer Prizes, in 2014 and 2016, and on a team awarded a Peabody in 2018. Steven is a graduate of Mizzou and Virginia Tech. He was elected to IRE’s Board of Directors in 2015. @dataeditor

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