#newsrw: Claire Miller, Media Wales

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Claire Miller's presentation at news:rewired. She discussed census data, with tips on preparing for big data releases.

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#newsrw: Claire Miller, Media Wales

  1. 1. Dealing with data – the census
  2. 2. Know what’s coming The ONS publication hub - a good starting point for finding data to use
  3. 3. The Census• Snapshot of what England and Wales looked like on census day 2011• Estimated 94% of people covered• Starts to become out of date immediately but most detailed information there is• Used by public services to make plans• Data released gradually – getting more geographically detailed
  4. 4. The Census• First country level population• Then key statistics forlocal authorities• January 30 – output area level – 200 people or 125 homes More detailed = better potential for stories
  5. 5. Preparation is key…To make maps – need shapefilesIt takes time to track them down and to get them intoGoogle Fusion Tables – use shpescape.com
  6. 6. …because things go wrong• Shapefile tables with missing items• Maps not loading on pagesEasier to iron outproblems like thisin advance thenwhen trying toanalyse/writeabout data
  7. 7. Know what story you’re looking for Roughly…never quite know what you’re going to get• Look at previous releases in the same series• Look at the higher level details• Make educated guesses – Welsh newspaper therefore the number and location of Welsh speakers is an obvious place to start
  8. 8. Once you have the data Things that might make a story: • The biggest, the highest, the most • The smallest, the fewest • Fastest growing • Location • Successes • Failures • Why?
  9. 9. Make it interesting Make it personal – people being able to browse their own area Talk to people who actually live in the areas you are talking about
  10. 10. Make it interesting Make it personal – people being able to browse their own area Talk to people who actually live in the areas you are talking about

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