Data Journalism seems to be a hot topic these days as large data bases are increasingly becoming available. For me the issue is figuring out how to download them, clean them up, and then play with them to find interesting patterns. That’s what I’m hoping to get out of the class.
Quick post from another Alaskan who is in a different course on data science, this one seeming to be specific to journalism. His full post gives some examples of how data was used in his city’s government and a speculation of what data journalism might be able to accomplish.
As far as my own efforts, I need to put a blog post together. The short version is I found a development environment, had a false start due to space names in rows and now I have working (if very simple) code. More later.