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TechRaking 5ish: Bootstrapping the news (Sponsored by The Center for Investigative Reporting)2/26/20141:00:00 p.m.2/26/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Agustin Armendariz, Michael Corey, Aaron Williams - Emcees: Agustin Armendariz, Michael Corey, Aaron WilliamsChesapeakeFALSE
CAR Conference Registration (Wednesday)2/26/20142:00:00 p.m.2/26/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSERegistration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.University BallroomFALSE
Detecting corporate fraud (Sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism)2/26/20142:00:00 p.m.2/26/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Roddy Boyd, Theo Francis - The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free pre-conference workshop from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. In this free workshop, journalists will learn techniques for digging – with an eye for fraud – into U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other disclosures. Instead of spending weeks scouring aimlessly through hundreds of pages of corporate documents, reporters will gain an understanding of what key financial information is available, where to look in the documents to quickly identify trouble spots and how to recognize when crucial details are missing.Salon DEFFALSE
CAR Conference Registration (Thursday)2/27/20147:30 a.m.2/27/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSERegistration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.University BallroomFALSE
CAR Conference Sales (Thursday)2/27/20147:30 a.m.2/27/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSEStop by the IRE sales table and take a look at our merchandise. We will be selling books, the large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winner of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. University BallroomFALSE
Welcome and overview of the conference2/27/20148:30 a.m.2/27/20148:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Mark Horvit, Megan Luther - Welcome to the conference! IRE staff will highlight key sessions and events that you won't want to miss while in Baltimore. We'll also give you a brief rundown on some of the resources IRE has to offer.Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
Getting started: Controlling CAR conference overload2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Megan Luther, Tisha Thompson, Helena Bengtsson - Are you new to data journalism or does this happen to be your first time at a CAR conference? Is it time to up your game but you're not sure how to take the next step? If so, this session will help you get on track to make sure that you get the best experience possible from the 2014 CAR Conference. We'll highlight sessions and give you tips for success during and after the conference.Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
PyCAR Mini Boot Camp - Team A2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Heather Billings, Tom Meagher, Eric Sagara - Introduction to PythonStadium 5FALSE
Getting started with open-source database manager MySQL2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Liz Lucas, Chase Davis - Plenty of data these days come in large or relational tables that require a good database manager, beyond what Excel and even Access can offer. MySQL is a free, powerful, and popular open-source tool, and with it you can transform and analyze almost any dataset. In this class we will introduce you to MySQL and how it works. Please note that we cannot help you install it here, but there'll be plenty of help for that at the installation party Sunday at 9 a.m.Stadium 3FALSE
Rifling through the mapping toolbox2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Ryan McNeill, Michael Corey - There are many powerful spatial tools at a journalist's disposal. What's the right tool for the job? We'll use real-world examples of the process of transforming a pile of data into a compelling story and visual presentation using a wide variety of tools: ArcGIS, QGIS, PostGIS, TileMill, GDAL, GeoDjango and probably a few more acronyms for good measure.Salon DEFFALSE
Amazon Cloud Basics2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Scott Klein - Cloud servers are an amazingly flexible way to use computing resources. Servers and test benches used to take weeks to order and configure, but thanks to the cloud, you can build up arbitrarily complex farms of computers to do your bidding in a few minutes, from serving a dynamic news app to crunching through a data set to trying out a new technology on the cheap. This course will help you understand the thicket of acronyms and programs that make up Amazon's AWS system and will get you started building servers.Stadium 4FALSE
Mapping Mini Boot Camp2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Jennifer LaFleur, Robby Deming, Brian Peterson, - Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp and receive a free copy of ArcGIS Desktop*.Stadium 2FALSE
This just in: Data for breaking news investigations2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Chris Keller, Jaimi Dowdell, Justin Fenton - **Moderated by Jaimi Dowdell, IRE/NICARSalon BCFALSE
Media as data-illuminating the undiscovered country of television news2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Roger Macdonald - Learn how the Internet Archive's television news research service repurposes closed captioning to facilitate searching, comparing, contrasting and quoting 500,000+ U.S. television news broadcasts aired in the last 4+ years. Find out how journalists and other researchers are being assisted in exploring this unique TV dataset. The collection has been recently used to analyze the media landscape in the battle for defining the Trayvon Martin story, map the world TV news covers and model responsible stewardship of content created by others.ChesapeakeFALSE
Tableau Public for beginners (Hosted by Tableau)2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/201412:30 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Jewel Loree, Ben Jones, Ellie Fields, Elaine Chen, Dave Reeck - Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You'll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video. We'll teach you how to: Connect to Excel files and other data, create maps and charts, format them beautifully and make them interactive.Stadium 1FALSE
PyCAR Mini Boot Camp - Team B2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Ryan Murphy, Kevin Schaul, Chris Keller - Introduction to PythonSalon AFALSE
NewsCamp::The next generation of data viz2/27/20149:00:00 a.m.2/27/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Alberto Cairo - Insight and Enlightenment: The future of news visualization In the past decade, interactive visualization has grown rapidly in news organizations. This presentation will discuss some trends that may define its future. At the same time, it will suggest that, in these times of rapid change, we --data designers and journalists-- need to be reminded of what the core values of the field are.Grand Ballroom EastFALSE
Getting started with open-source database manager MySQL Part II2/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Liz Lucas, Chase Davis - After showing you the lay of the land with MySQL in Part 1, we'll take you through creating databases and tables, importing data, and executing queries. We'll demonstrate some of the more powerful tools at your disposal, and show you where to go if you want to learn more.Stadium 3FALSE
NewsCamp::Intro to D32/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Irene Ros, Arvind Satyanarayan, Alastair Dant - Mesmerize your audience with elegant and intelligent data visualizations using D3. This JavaScript library takes some of the headache and limitations out of visualizations allowing you to bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS. We'll start by demystifying D3 with a look through some of the themes that inspired it. From there we'll look at and work through key concepts.Grand Ballroom EastFALSE
Enhance your stories with statistics2/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Steven Rich, Rob Barry - We'll do our best to help you avoid blowing up your newsroom with an explosive mix of means, medians and Fisher's exact test. This survey of statistical tools will demo real-life examples of basic statistical techniques, significance testing, linear models, Monte Carlo simulations and more.Salon DEFFALSE
Make dirty data shine with OpenRefine2/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Frederick Kaimann - Got a big data set that's full of dirty data? OpenRefine to the rescue! In a few easy steps, you'll have polished data in no time. And it's free. OpenRefine is more powerful than a spreadsheet, more interactive and visual than scripting, more provisional/exploratory/experimental/playful than a database. A hands-on workshop. No programming required.Stadium 4FALSE
Follow the fracking2/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Mike Soraghan, Tom McGinty - Fracking is re-shaping the nation's economy and changing a lot of communities along the way. Data can help you steer through the competing claims of big oil and the green lobby for compelling local stories. Mike Soraghan will highlight the data sources he has used to dig into the fracking revolution. Tom McGinty will explain how he used geographic data types in SQL Server to find out how many people live close to oil wells in fracking-heavy states.Salon BCFALSE
Use FOIA Machine to prepare, send and track your public records requests2/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Michael Corey, Coulter Jones, Djordje Padejski, Shane Shifflett, Steven Melendez - FOIA Machine aids journalists and citizens in accessing important government documents around the world that are covered by freedom of information laws. Speakers will demonstrate how journalists can use the platform in regular work and make the FOIA process more successful and organized.ChesapeakeFALSE
The data-driven story (Part 1) Conceiving and launching2/27/201410:00:00 a.m.2/27/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Jennifer LaFleur, David Donald, Brant Houston - **Moderated by Brant Houston, University of IllinoisGrand Ballroom WestFALSE
Torturing Excel into doing stats2/27/201411:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Steve Doig - You don't need a fancy pants program to compute several different sorts of statistics. In this session, you'll learn how to compute basic descriptive statistics in Excel. You'll also learn how to run correlations and regressions in Excel.Stadium 4FALSE
Maps and charts in R: real newsroom examples2/27/201411:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Matthew Waite - R is becoming more and more popular in newsrooms for visualizing data and finding trends. Find out why.Stadium 3FALSE
The data-driven story (Part 2) Putting the package together2/27/201411:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Brant Houston, Maud Beelman,Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
Dig into business with data investigations2/27/201411:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Rob Barry, Philip Mattera - Businesses raise and spend trillions of dollars, build and tear down property, file for patents and copyrights, set up complex partnerships, sue and get sued, and otherwise file reams of documents every year. With all that activity, they leave plenty of marks for journalists to follow. Take your stories beyond the usual sources and learn how to dig through data for business investigations.Salon BCFALSE
Love your life, retire your servers2/27/201411:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Andy Boyle, Tasneem Raja - Building news applications is hard. Running dozens of servers—or even one—can be even harder. Save your sanity: build everything as a “static” project instead. We’ll show you the pros and cons of getting rid of most of your pesky servers, tell you what you’ll need instead, and show you how static apps can make your life easier and even help you work with the rest of your newsroom.Salon DEFFALSE
FollowTheMoney: Lead the pack in tracking campaign finance2/27/201411:00:00 a.m.2/27/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Edwin Bender, John Perry - Take your political reporting to higher levels with FTM's new and expanded website. Learn insider tips on how to add ingenious features and expanded data to your reporting toolkit.ChesapeakeFALSE
Tableau Public for pros (Hosted by Tableau)2/27/20141:30 p.m.2/27/20145:30 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Mike Klaczynski - Take your data visualization skills to the next level. In this class we'll push Tableau's capabilities further to create more complex visualizations. You'll learn how to: Clean and format dirty data, use multiple data sources in the same visualization, build more advanced visualizations and employ advanced interactive elements.Stadium 1FALSE
NewsCamp: The next generation of data viz (Beginner)2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Arvind Satyanarayan, Christopher Canipe - Beginner ClassStadium 4FALSE
NewsCamp: The next generation of data viz (Advanced)2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Irene Ros, Alastair Dant - Advanced ClassSee printed schedule for room informationFALSE
The customized Census: How to use microdata when you just can't find the right table2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Robert Gebeloff, Katie Genadek - So you want to use Census data but you can't find a Census table that has exactly what you want. Or you want to create a time series, and you're not sure if this year's table is comparable with past years. Census microdata, and the folks at IPUMS, are here to help. Learn how this free and useful resource for developing customized tables from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey has produced stories that couldn't be told with published data alone.ChesapeakeFALSE
Free tools for data analysis2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Martin Burch, Matt Wynn - A breathless tour of the universe of free software that’s available to help import, summarize, manage, graph and map your data. From statistical analysis in R and Python to geospatial analysis in QGIS, PostGIS, and Spatialite, we’ve got the tools for you.Salon DEFFALSE
Hacks or Hackers?2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Jeremy Singer-Vine, Isaac Wolf, Scott Klein, Tor Ekeland - As more data and services move online, web-scraping, HTTP traffic monitoring, and reverse-engineering have quickly become indispensable tools for investigative journalism. On their face, many of these techniques don't look much different from those employed by less-benevolent "hackers." Where should journalists draw the line between clever reporting techniques and unethical, or illegal, tactics? Where has law enforcement drawn the line? Join a panel of lawyer(s) and journalists for a debate on scraping, sniffing, impersonation, honeypots, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and more.Grand Ballroom EastFALSE
Killers and other criminals: Keeping tabs on crime2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Laura Amico, John Bones - This panel will discuss crime reporting and provide take-aways for application on other beats, too. Two cases studies will be featured: Homicide Watch DC and a data-intensive project from VG in Norway.Salon BCFALSE
The data-driven story (Part 3): Bulletproofing and presentation2/27/20142:00:00 p.m.2/27/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Brant Houston, Matt StilesGrand Ballroom WestFALSE
Make reporting better, together — Collaborative reporting with GitHub2/27/20143:00:00 p.m.2/27/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Ben Balter, Jordan McCullough - GitHub is a collaborative development platform used by newsrooms around the world. Whether you find yourself collaborating on code, data, or prose, you'll be able to bring back to your newsroom a firm grasp of conversational GitHub for journalists, how GitHub is being used today, and the potential for version control and collaborative tools like GitHub for rethinking reporting in an age where technology is making it easier to work together than alone.ChesapeakeFALSE
Save the data: going from zip (drive) to news by rescuing, analyzing old data2/27/20143:00:00 p.m.2/27/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Cheryl Phillips, Gregg Leslie, Jacob Harris - Come help explore the possibilities and cautions in saving, rescuing and reviving old data sets as well as aggregating and standardizing disparate local data to create a bigger impact. Possible hackfest to follow.Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
When data don't exist2/27/20143:00:00 p.m.2/27/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Sarah Cohen, Meghan Hoyer, Matthew Waite - You've got a great story idea but no one tracks the data. Time to quit, right? Wrong. We'll show you the tools, and the pitfalls, of making your own data when no data exists.Salon DEFFALSE
Docs! Docs! Docs!2/27/20143:00:00 p.m.2/27/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Ted Han, Shane Shifflett, Jonathan Stray, Mike Tigas, Tyler Dukes - **Moderated by Tyler Dukes, WRAL-RaleighGrand Ballroom EastFALSE
Breaking out the heavy artillery - using data to track weapons2/27/20143:00:00 p.m.2/27/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: David Fallis, Griff Palmer - Learn how to mine disparate sources of data to pierce the federally-imposed secrecy surrounding crime guns. You'll learn how to combine data sets to trace guns from store counter to crime scene, how to tap into a gunfire detection system used by many agencies that logs the latitude and longitude of gunshots, and more. You'll also learn how programming tools can be used to scrape data -- in this case from a gun trading website -- that revealed the way large numbers of guns change hands with no background checks.Salon BCFALSE
The Investigative Dashboard – Tools to expose organized crime and corruption around the world.2/27/20144:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Margot Williams, Hawley Johnson - Your stories are international - your research should be too. That vital piece of evidence might be in another country, in another language, in a database you have never heard of before. The Investigative Dashboard helps you find it, both with databases and with personal help from skilled researchers. Come demo the Investigative Dashboard, a research tool of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project developed in collaboration with Google Ideas.  ChesapeakeFALSE
Investigating infrastructure: The National Inventory of Dams2/27/20144:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Liz Lucas, Joseph A. Davis - Critical infrastructure keeps high waters and dangerous chemicals at bay, but what happens when the infrastructure fails? We will talk broadly about the importance of investigating infrastructure, including tips for stories and data sources. We'll drill down into the elusive National Inventory of Dams, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped releasing shortly after 9/11. The database has more recently become searchable on the USACE website, and NICAR and SEJ have acquired a copy.Salon BCFALSE
Harnessing the power of the crowd2/27/20144:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Mohammed Haddad, Robert Benincasa - Crowdsourcing doesn't mean seeking consensus from the group. This session will focus on harnessing a crowd's diversity and personal stories, not just the combined megaphone of their voices. You'll learn strategies to create a database with multiple, disparate sources, and to match your database design decisions to your needs for the story. And we'll look at how to present your work on mobile devices, and integrate social media to help drive data acquisition.Salon DEFFALSE
How the internet watches you2/27/20144:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Nat Meysenburg, Dan Staples - Privacy is not dead. Surveillance is not inevitable. But if we ever want to keep our data from the snoops and thieves, or work to keep sources and contacts safe, we first need to understand how the internet works. In this visual presentation, Technologists from the Open Technology Institute explain the basics of what happens when you send an email or connect to a WiFi hotspot, and how criminals and governments (or criminal governments) can intercept and monitor that data.Grand Ballroom EastFALSE
Tools for cracking PDFs2/27/20144:00:00 p.m.2/27/20144:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Edward Duncan, Jeremy Merrill, Mark Horvit - **Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICARGrand Ballroom WestFALSE
CAR Conference Registration (Friday)2/28/20148:00:00 a.m.2/28/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSERegistration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.University BallroomFALSE
CAR Conference Sales (Friday)2/28/20148:00:00 a.m.2/28/20145:00:00 p.m.FALSEStop by the IRE sales table and take a look at our merchandise. We will be selling books, the large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winner of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. University BallroomFALSE
Finding great stories in not-so-great nonprofits2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Luke Rosiak, Kendall Taggart - In the session, you'll learn about using detailed nonprofit disclosures to background people and businesses and crack open stories on this massive sector of the economy. Speakers will walk you through how to find stories in, a new resource that's made millions of nonprofit tax filings fully text-searchable. They'll show you some useful ways of crunching nonprofit data to identify red flags for fraud. And, they'll share places to find key documents beyond the basic 990. You'll leave with tangible story ideas and tools for using these resources on any beat.Salon DEFFALSE
It's a disaster2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Matt Jacob, Alex Richards - Many indispensable data sources can quickly be at your fingertips should disaster ever strike. We'll discuss some of the best examples of this kind of reporting from around the country and what to have on hand in your newsroom to be prepared.Salon BCFALSE
The year in CAR in odorama2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Mark Horvit, Jennifer LaFleur - **Jennifer LaFleur, Odor MasterGrand Ballroom EastFALSE
A tour of the new Census Reporter2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Joe Germuska, Sara Schnadt - Census Reporter is a new, free and powerful tool made by journalists to help journalists use census data in their stories. Building on it’s predecessor,, which made Census data more easily available for download, this new project has developed an interface to help a wide range of journalists from shoe-leather types to journo nerds and app developers get the census data they need to give context to their stories, and also dig deeper to explore and analyze census data in new ways. This site tour will introduce the depth and potential use cases for this data set while showing off some of the new tools created to let you learn more about your beat, make meaningful comparisons across topics, populations and geographies, and expose patterns in hyper local, regional and national cultural/social/economic landscapes.ChesapeakeFALSE
Fusion Tables for beginners2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Daniel Lathrop - Welcome to Google Fusion Tables. In this hands-on introduction to the free online tool you'll learn how to import and combine data, do simple analysis and easily turn that into an online map. We'll explore using Fusion Table as a toolbox for reporting and online storytelling.Stadium 4FALSE
Intro to JavaScript2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Jeff Larson - In this beginners class we’ll start from the very basics of JavaScript and build from there. We’ll walk through a number of simple exercises with the popular library jQuery to explain how the language works.Stadium 5FALSE
Holding algorithms accountable2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Chase Davis, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Jeremy Singer-Vine, Frank Pasquale - **Moderated by Chase Davis, The New York TimesGrand Ballroom WestFALSE
Getting started with Excel2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Helena Bengtsson - In this introduction to spreadsheets you'll begin analyzing data with Excel, a simple but powerful tool. You'll learn how to enter data, sort it and conduct simple calculations like average and median. Time allowing, you'll even learn to create a basic Google map using data from spreadsheets.Stadium 1FALSE
Build your first News App (Friday)2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Chase Davis, Ben Welsh, Derek Willis - This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of building a simple, useful online news application from a dataset. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing Python, HTML and JavaScript using version control tools. You won't stop until you've deployed a working application onto the World Wide Web. If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class.Stadium 3FALSE
Advanced functions in Excel2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Steve Doig - Dirty, disorganized databases getting you down? Electronic records rarely come the way you want them--especially when dealing with government agencies. But Excel has some very powerful, easy-to-use tools to give you back control over how you want your spreadsheet to look. Never spend hours cutting and pasting again, or haggling with a PIO about changing the layout of your data request. In this hands-on class we'll show you some great tricks that will forever change the way you deal with data.Salon AFALSE
Statistics: an introduction2/28/20149:00:00 a.m.2/28/20149:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Ronald Campbell - Statisticians need to really understand their data (and so do you!) before they begin running analyses. As a result, statistical software packages such as SPSS have many powerful tools to summarize your data. You're going to love them. We'll take a look at the structure of some Home Mortgage data, do data transformations and run crosstabs with Chi Square significance tests to look at racial discrimination in home lending.Stadium 2FALSE
Liberate data from PDFs with Tabula2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Mike Tigas, Jeremy Merrill - Ever receive a FOIA response that has all the data you want -- but in PDF files? Ever try accessing that data in Excel or database software?Salon AFALSE
Free the data: Getting government agencies to give up the goods2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Deborah Nelson, Kirsten Mitchell, Michael Ravnitzky, Kate Willson - **Moderated by Deborah Nelson, University of MarylandGrand Ballroom WestFALSE
Powerful data science tools without an engineering degree2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Matthew Granade - Increasingly, data analysts are filling their need for powerful tools by turning to products and services designed for IT professionals. Whether they need access to the cloud to crush large data sets, or flexible version control to manage complicated projects, analysts are forced to waste time struggling with tools that are difficult to setup and configure for anyone who isn't an engineer. That's where Domino comes in: Domino is a platform for data scientists working in R, Python and Matlab who want powerful tools that "just work" without any setup. Domino lets you run your analysis in cloud without changing your code; provides automatic version control for your data, code, and results; and facilitates collaboration on your projects. In this talk, Matthew will demo Domino and talk about how other data journalists are using it in their day-to-day work.ChesapeakeFALSE
Using formulas in Excel2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Ryann Grochowski Jones - Much of Excel's power comes in the form of formulas. In this class you'll learn how to use them to analyze data with the eye of a journalist. Yes, math will be involved, but it's totally worth it! This class will show you how calculations like change, percent change, rates and ratios can beef up your reporting.Stadium 1FALSE
Introduction to R2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Sharon Machlis - Get a taste of R, a programming language specifically designed for data analysis and visualization, at this hands-on session designed for complete R newbies. You'll see one-line commands for creating graphics, statistical summaries and more.Stadium 5FALSE
Proper workflows for data projects2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Brian Boyer, John Perry, Ben Welsh, Kevin Schaul - **Moderated by Kevin Schaul, Star TribuneGrand Ballroom EastFALSE
Wading through the sea of data on hospitals, doctors, medicine and more2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Dan Keating, Charles Ornstein, Peter Eisler - While the Obama administration has been pilloried for its lack of transparency, it has released some useful data sets that can help reporters and news organizations cover the quality and finances of their local health professionals and facilities. This session will provide an introduction to what's available, how easy it is to use and what stories you can write based on the data. We'll also preview some of the data that we expect to be released in the next year.Salon BCFALSE
Statistics: basic linear regression2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: David Donald - Go beyond counting and sorting. Learn how (and when) to measure relationships.Stadium 2FALSE
Complaints: A road map for killer investigations2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Tisha Thompson, Jill Riepenhoff - You've got a tip. A gut feeling. You just know it's happening to others. But you need the meat. Delve into the world of consumer complaints and all the glorious goodies they contain. We'll show you the different kinds of complaints that are out there, how to find them and how to use them.Salon DEFFALSE
Grab data from the Web with Helium Scraper2/28/201410:00:00 a.m.2/28/201410:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Tommy Kaas, Nils Mulvad - After this session you'll have made your first scraper using Helium Scraper, an easy, low-cost, point-and-click tool that’ll get you most of the way.Stadium 4FALSE
Pivot tables for stories2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Jonathan Stoneman - A look at the awesome power of pivot - and how to use it to analyze your dataset in minutes rather than hours.Stadium 1FALSE
Analyze networks with NodeXL2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Peter Aldhous - NodeXL is an add-in for Excel 2007 and later that allows you to do network analysis (aka social network analysis) in a familiar spreadsheet environment. You'll learn how to use the software by turning data from 2013 on voting patterns in the US Senate into an informative graphic revealing the chamber's underlying dynamics -- and highlighting the few senators who broke the partisan mold.Stadium 4FALSE
More than an editor: Leadership for data-driven projects2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Maud Beelman, Matt Stiles, Sharon Walsh, Manny Garcia - **Moderated by Manny Garcia, Naples Daily NewsSalon BCFALSE
Mapping from the desktop to the web2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Robby Deming, Brian Peterson, - Join us for a hands-on tutorial on using ArcGIS Online as a free tool to transform your desktop GIS research and other public data into interactive web maps and apps.Stadium 5FALSE
Git and GitHub 101 — Create your first pull request today!2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Ben Balter, Jordan McCullough - This Git foundations class helps you, as a newcomer to GitHub and Git, fully grasp the concepts and application of distributed version control so that you can effectively begin using this productivity-enhancing suite of tools. We’ll explore the foundations of GitHub and Git through practical every-day commands and processes. We’ll conclude with workflow ideas and practical tips that will get you on the road to mastery of this revolutionary version control system.Salon AFALSE
PoliInformatics research challenge : New methods for computational investigations of the financial crisis2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Anne Washington - What innovations in analysis do data journalists want to see from the computational research community? PInet announces the Research Challenge for Data Journalism that is part of our goal of building interdisciplinary collaborations. The PoliInformatics Research Coordination Network (PInet) is funded by NSF to build community and capacity for data-intensive research using open government data. Political informatics seeks to expand the use of diverse methodologies in the study of politics, policy and governance. We encourage submissions from data journalists that lead to the development of tools for systematically analyzing government data to address insightful questions.ChesapeakeFALSE
Campaign Finance I: Mining FEC data2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Aaron Bycoffe, Jack Gillum, Chris Schnaars - PACs and candidates for Congress and the White House must file reports with the Federal Election Commission to show where their money comes from and how they spend it. We'll show you where (and when) to find this data, where the gold nuggets are buried, how to analyze it for stories, precautions to keep you off A2 and third-party tools to aid your deadline reporting. You'll leave with a treasure trove of how-to guides, a dozen or more story ideas and a free puppy.Salon DEFFALSE
Cooking with hardware2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: John Keefe, Liza Stark - Liza and John will demonstrate (and share recipes for) dozens of hardware projects they've built over the last year, from conductive dough and blinky lights to cicada-tracking temperature sensors. Come explore how physical computing might be a part of your next project or feature.Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
Statistics: logistic regression2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Jennifer LaFleur - Linear regression helps you find relationships between two or more variables, but when an outcome has only two possibilities, you need a different tool. That, my friends, is where logistic regression comes in.Stadium 2FALSE
Creating maps: Principles, mistakes and potential2/28/201411:00:00 a.m.2/28/201411:50 a.m.FALSESpeakers: Noah Veltman, Tom MacWright - If you've ever created a map, you know how exotic projections or odd formats can quickly turn the tide against you. In this session Noah Veltman and Tom MacWright will guide you through the tools of the trade, common pitfalls, and the patterns that successful projects follow.Grand Ballroom EastFALSE
Student brown bag: What do you mean I can’t have that public record?2/28/201412:30 p.m.2/28/20141:30 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Jill Riepenhoff, Tyler Dukes, Adam Goldstein - Grab your lunch before this session starts. Beverages and dessert will be provided.Salon BCFALSE
Create your own interactive newsgame in 50 minutes!2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Sisi Wei - After a brief introduction of powerful games created using Twine, you'll be using this popular open-source tool to brainstorm and create your own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure newsgame during the workshop. No coding experience necessary, as Twine will do all of the programming work for you, and generate an HTML file that is ready to publish anywhere. Plus, those with HTML/CSS and Javascript experience can also build upon and customize their games.Stadium 5FALSE
Social media for investigations2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Mandy Jenkins, Robert Hernandez - There are valuable sources buried in that flood of tweets and tucked away in the bowels of LinkedIn - you just need to know how to find them. In this session, we'll go over some tools and tricks to finding sources on social media networks, verifying social content and collecting data via crowdsourcing.Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
Building charts and graphs that are connected to live data2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Timothy Barmann - This demo will show how to create info graphics that automatically update themselves with live data. These charts, graphs and maps automatically reflect the most current data without any intervention beyond the initial setup. Examples include maps of power outages, graphs temperatures over the last 24 hours, graphs of national and local unemployment rate, fuel prices, etc. The session will cover how to get the data into a Google spreadsheet, how to schedule updates, and how to visualize the data with a chart or table that can be embedded on your web site. It will also touch on a more advanced method using PHP/MySQL that doesn't rely on Google.ChesapeakeFALSE
The customized Census: Using microdata2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Katie Genadek, Robert Gebeloff - Working with microdata sounds scary but it's not. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will gain experience using IPUMS census data via the online analysis system, SDA. We will guide users through the process from the research question to data access and analysis. Our goal is to help users improve their reporting on the American population through thoughtful use of IPUMS data.Salon AFALSE
Mini Boot Camp2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSEKickstart your data skills with IRE's original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques.See printed schedule for room informationFALSE
Investigating racial inequality2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lawrence Lanahan, Steve Doig - **Moderated by Steve Doig, Arizona State UniversitySalon BCFALSE
Intro To SQLite2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Troy Thibodeaux - Are you tired of standing on the sidelines while everyone else has all the fun with database queries? Tired of hoping that Access is doing what you think it's doing when you point and click? Wouldn't you rather just tell your database manager what slice of the data you want? Join us for a hassle free entry to the world of SQL, (Structured Query Language), the lingua franca of relational databases. It's surprisingly simple and surprisingly powerful -- and it works in just about any database you can name.Stadium 4FALSE
Protecting your work from prying eyes2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Susan McGregor, Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Josh Meyer, Chris Doten - **Moderated by Josh Meyer, Medill National Security Journalism InitiativeGrand Ballroom EastFALSE
Building maps with leaflet and mapbox.js2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Becca Aaronson - Learn to create interactive maps in an hour flat. In this introduction to Mapbox and Leaflet, we'll teach you a simple way to create visually stunning, interactive maps, complete with a legend and hover text. Once you know the basics, you'll be a master mapmaker in no time.Stadium 3FALSE
Campaign Finance II: Going beyond the data2/28/20142:00:00 p.m.2/28/20142:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Chris Schnaars, Jack Gillum, Fredreka Schouten - So you've downloaded and analyzed a treasure trove of campaign-finance data and gotten a couple quotes from a spokesman or two. It's time to craft your story, right? Well, sure, if you like to see your stuff on the bottom of C8. We'll show you how to marry your smart analysis with shoeleather reporting to provide context and background information on the people and PACs who dig deep into their own pockets to fill campaign war chests. And you get a free kitten!Salon DEFFALSE
Grabbing data from websites: tips and tricks2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Michelle Minkoff, Scott KleinStadium 5FALSE
How PANDA works: Software architecture for big data2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Brian Boyer, Christopher Groskopf - A deep-dive into the front-end and back-end architecture of PANDA Project, the data warehouse for every newsroom. Come learn about how we harnessed MongoDB, Postgres, Solr, Nginx, Django, Tastypie, Backbone and much more in the construction of PANDA. (A MUST if you've ever considered hacking your PANDA or contributing to the open source project!)ChesapeakeFALSE
Using Excel for statistics2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Ryann Grochowski Jones - You don't need a fancy pants program to compute several different sorts of statistics. In this session, you'll learn how to compute basic descriptive statistics in Excel. You'll also learn how to run correlations and regressions in Excel.Salon AFALSE
DataViz for everyone: A practical guide to going responsive2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Lena Groeger, Chris Amico, Ryan Pitts - Data visualization needs to work everywhere our audience encounters it. Designing for the desktop isn't enough anymore. This session will examine tools, techniques and approaches for making data visualization work across devices, and it will examine how sites and projects have tackled this problem.Grand Ballroom WestFALSE
Weathering the storm: Using data to track nature's fury2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Stephen Stirling, Ian Livingston - Weather affects everyone. Learn how meteorological and climatological data can help your organization build clout, gain readership and avoid pitfalls all while building beautiful visualizations and top-notch science enterprise in a fast-growing market.Salon BCFALSE
SQLite for command line2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Matt Kiefer - Is Access choking on that join you wrote? Bit off more rows than your spreadsheet can chew? Perform a data Heimlich maneuver by querying from the command line with SQLite. It's super fast, free software that's easy to get up and running on any computer. We'll start with a few command-line basics, then cover importing/exporting data, simple to intermediate querying, some handy built-in functions and other neat features so you can chow down at the all-you-can-eat data buffet.Stadium 4FALSE
100+ tips and tools for news research2/28/20143:00:00 p.m.2/28/20143:50 p.m.FALSESpeakers: Margot Williams, Gary Price - Nicarians will leave with a basket of tips and tools for public records research, online privacy, advanced search techniques, alerting services and personal web caching and archiving.Grand Ballroom EastFALSE