A collection of readings – by Barnaby Skinner

Publié par le Juil 12, 2016 en Allgemein, International | Aucun commentaire

Dear friends & colleagues,
Dear Community,

I am currently attending a 3 month course at Columbia University in New York (together with Paul Ronga from Tribune de Genève and Mathias Born, Berner Zeitung). We are currently half way into the programme. It’s basically a course for journalists (but not just journalists), to enhance their data gathering, analytic skills (learning Python, Panda libraries, SQL, combining the three, scraping with BeautifulSoup and using Selenium for automated scraping, and much more).

I thought it would be a good moment to reach out to the community and share some of the readings and stories we’ve stubbled across. The main gist is that data driven society in the US may be a little more sophisticated than in Switzerland and Europe in general. But they are actually not all that far ahead. They are dealing with very similar problems and opportunities.

This is just a random collection of readings, which some of you might find inspirational or just offer a different perspective on data and how we deal with it.

Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Entextualization of Bureaucracy by Michael Castelle
http://computationalculture.net/article/relational-and-non-relational-models-in-the-entextualization-of-bureaucracy (a dry read at times, but very rewarding)

Literature is not Data: Against the Digital Humanities by Stephen Marche

Machine Bias by Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner

How the Data Sausage Gets Made: A story about scraping food recalls and regular expressions

How open data saved parkers in NYC millions of dollars

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Hope you are all well and look forward to any feedback or comments anybody has on the readings.

Kind regards,