Observable notebooks: Your interactive data journal

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jeremy Ashkenas of Observable; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 11:30am
  • Location: Salon C
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In this gentle introduction, we'll show you how to analyze and visualize data in an Observable notebook, whip up a series of rough prototypes, and export the bones to finish as a news graphic. There's nothing to install, no way to get yourself into a bad state with reactive cells, and no problem loading almost any JavaScript library you can think of. We’ll finish by walking through a series of published Washington Post pieces that started their life as Observable notebooks.

Speaker Bios

  • Jeremy Ashkenas helps build magic notebooks for data journalists at Observable. He previously worked on The New York Times' Graphics and Interactive News teams, and built the first iteration of DocumentCloud. @jashkenas

  • Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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