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Hacking the Newsroom

This is the slide deck for a presentation I gave this year at FlashBelt, Flash on the Beach, and Flash on Tap. Despite the names of these conferences, the presentation has nothing to do with Flash.

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"In February, the New York Times announced that it was giving away the keys to 28 years of data - news stories, movie reviews, obituaries, and political statistics - all for free. Wether the dying gasp of an legendary institution, or the beginnings of an extraordinary rebirth, the release of this vast and historically significant information is a boon to data visualizers, entrepreneurs, social scientists and artists around the world.

In this session, Jer will show a variety of work that he has produced using data from The New York Times and The Guardian newspapers. He'll show how to access this information easily in Flash and Processing, and will share code samples to get you started in explorations of your own. Along the way, he'll attempt to examine how a new era of open data is affecting science, art, and design."

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Hacking The Newsroom Hacking The Newsroom Presentation Transcript

  • @blprnt
  • It starts with a mystery.
  • It ends with a challenge.
  • Hacking the Newsroom
  • Mark Lombardi (1951-2000)
  • How to get data How to use data
  • million billion trillion
  • Guardian API
  • 360/365
  • “Depicting networks is a tricky subject, and too often leads to representations that are a tangled and complicated mess. Such diagrams are often referred to with terms like ball of yarn or string, a birds nest, cat hair or simply hairball.”
  • “It’s also common for a network diagram to be engaging and attractive for its complexity (usually aided and abetted by color), which tends to hide how poorly it conveys the meaning of the data it represents.”
  • Getting Data
  • WiredUK NDNAD Spread
  • The Olde Fashioned way: research.
  • Influenza Genomic Visualization Tool
  • • 2 Antigenic regions: Hemmagulitinin (HA) & Neuraminidase (NA) • 1766 sequence samples from 1918 to 2009 • Track mutational changes over time • Antigenic shift vs. antigenic drift • 1918, 1937, 1958, 1968, 2009
  • DEMO: FluViz
  • The New Fashioned way: from an API.
  • API
  • Application Programming Interface
  • Open source
  • Open data
  • • NYTimes Article Search API • NYTimes NewsWire API • Guardian Content API • Twitter Search API • MetaCarta LocationFinder API
  • NYTimes Article Search API
  • 1851-1944 1944-1981 1981-2009
  • 1981-2009 2,633,074 articles
  • title byline abstract article author body page section
  • title byline des_facet abstract geo_facet article author per_facet body org_facet page ... section
  • facets are classifiers for articles added by human indexers
  • query client API response
  • query {keywords facets extras}
  • response {fields facets}
  • {fields facets} response XML JSON
  • Processing Demo
  • Data from different APIs can be combined
  • OMG...just arrived in manhattan....feels like I'm in a movie hahaha
  • checrothers: Just landed in Dakar, Senegal… Another 9 hours n I’ll be in South Africa two entire days after I left … Doodles
  • jjvirgin: Just landed in Maui and I feel better already … Four days here then off to vegas
  • Queen_Btch: just landed in London heading to the pub for a drink then im of to bed…so tired who knew hooking up on an airplane would be so tiring =S
  • twitter -> MetaCarta -> map
  • Queen_Btch: just landed in London heading to the pub for a drink then im of to bed…so tired who knew hooking up on an airplane would be so tiring =S
  • { "Styles" : { "loc" : { "DefaultSymbol" : { "URL" : "http://ondemand.metacarta.com/img/symbols/location-marker.png", "Width" : 30, "Height" : 30 } } }, "Attribution" : "Copyright 1999-2007 MetaCarta", "Warnings" : [ ], "MinConfidence" : 0, "Locations" : [ { "Confidence" : 0.733898, "Name" : "London, London, United Kingdom", "LocID" : "5fa97789b17a6a098040de968a11d86a", "Style" : "loc", "Centroid" : { "Latitude" : 51.52, "Longitude" : -0.1 }, "RemainingQuery" : "queen_btch: just landed heading pub for a drink then im bed…so tired who knew hooking up an airplane would be so tiring =s", "Path" : [ "London", "London", "United Kingdom" ], "Type" : "PPLC", "ViewBox" : { "MaxLatitude" : 51.72050476, "MinLatitude" : 51.27071762, "MaxLongitude" : 0.2818309963, "MinLongitude" : -0.4967390001 } } ], "SystemVersion" : "MetaCarta GTS v3.8.1, JSON queryparser API v1.0.0", "BBox" : { "MaxLatitude" : 90, "MinLongitude" : -180, "MaxLongitude" : 180, "MinLatitude" : -90 }, "ResultsCreationTime" : "Fri May 29 13:15:36 2009 UTC", "Query" : "Queen_Btch: just landed in London heading to the pub for a drink then im of to bed…so tired who knew hooking up on an airplane would be so tiring =S ", "ViewBox" : { "MaxLatitude" : 51.72050476, "MinLatitude" : 51.27071762, "MaxLongitude" : 0.2818309963, "MinLongitude" : -0.4967390001 }
  • "Confidence" : 0.733898, "Name" : "London, London, United Kingdom", "LocID" : "5fa97789b17a6a098040de968a11d86a", "Style" : "loc", "Centroid" : { "Latitude" : 51.52, "Longitude" : -0.1
  • VIDEO: Just Landed
  • VIDEO: GoodMorning!
  • DEMO: GoodMorning!
  • www.jennifergardy.com
  • NewsAlarm
  • NYTimes NewsWire API “the fire hose”
  • API client NewsAlarm
  • Fiat Completes Acquisition of Chrysler Assets Poll Finds Paterson Deeply Unpopular Feeling Slighted, Rich Patron Led Albany Revolt Palau to Take Chinese Guantánamo Detainees filter NewsAlarm 28 Reported Killed in South Iraq Market Bombing Just in Time, the Magic Goes Back to Basics Brighton passes vomit bylaw Feeling Slighted, Rich Patron Led Albany Revolt
  • Fiat Completes Acquisition of Chrysler Assets Poll Finds Paterson Deeply Unpopular Feeling Slighted, Rich Patron Led Albany Revolt Palau to Take Chinese Guantánamo Detainees filter NewsAlarm 28 Reported Killed in South Iraq Market Bombing Just in Time, the Magic Goes Back to Basics Brighton passes vomit bylaw >10% Feeling Slighted, Rich Patron Led Albany Revolt vomit
  • Why Data?
  • Why Now?
  • Nick Bilton www.nickbilton.com
  • Nick Bilton www.nickbilton.com
  • Our relationship with information has changed.
  • Our relationship with information is changing.
  • Presenting nothing but data and pattern, Lombardi reminds us that data is pattern. Ryan Bigge
  • blprnt@blprnt.com