Matt Fowler is a freelance application developer and programmer who helps journalists understand and use big data. At the CIJ Summer School this year he gave some top tips in the field, which we have summarised below…
1. Double check privacy settings of your data
You don’t want private work being published on show for all to see.
2. Tidy up the data and make the structure simpler
This re-engineering effort can get details out and help you to discover information to turn into stories. Continue reading →
Recently the NICAR mailing list (for journalists who use computer assisted reporting) discussed how they dealt with datasets that were ‘too big for Excel’. With their permission, I’m reproducing a digest of the highlights.