Election data isn't just results. Come learn about other datasets that help journalists and academics understand elections from people who use them. We’ll discuss voter files, election administration data and other sources, plus how to collaborate with researchers who already work in this area.
Rachel is a software engineer on the Interactive News team at The New York Times. She has worked on projects relating to campaign finance, voting data, state legislation and congress. Rachel previously worked at the Sunlight Foundation. She is also the executive editor of Prime Factors, an irregularly scheduled newsletter about prime numbers. @rachel_shorey
Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He is also the co-founder of OpenElections, which collects and publishes election results data. He has worked at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, Congressional Quarterly and The Palm Beach Post. @derekwillis
Daniel A. Smith (@electionsmith) is a Professor of Political Science and President of ElectionSmith, and is the former Director of the Political Campaigning Program at the University of Florida. He is the author of several books and more than 80 academic articles on voting and elections in the American states. Dr. Smith has served as an expert in more than a dozen election law/voting rights lawsuits and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Ghana in 2000-01.