Building your own database (repeat)

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Matt Carroll of Northeastern University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 4:45pm
  • 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

  • Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Previously he was a data reporter at the Boston Globe. He worked on the Spotlight team when it won a Pulitzer for the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal. He also worked at the MIT Media Lab.

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