Hacking The Newsroom

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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.

Here is the session description:

"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

    1. 1. @blprnt
    2. 2. It starts with a mystery.
    3. 3. It ends with a challenge.
    4. 4. Hacking the Newsroom
    5. 5. Mark Lombardi (1951-2000)
    6. 6. How to get data How to use data
    7. 7. million billion trillion
    8. 8. Guardian API
    9. 9. 360/365
    10. 10. “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.”
    11. 11. “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.”
    12. 12. Getting Data
    13. 13. WiredUK NDNAD Spread
    14. 14. The Olde Fashioned way: research.
    15. 15. Influenza Genomic Visualization Tool
    16. 16. • 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
    17. 17. DEMO: FluViz
    18. 18. The New Fashioned way: from an API.
    19. 19. API
    20. 20. Application Programming Interface
    21. 21. Open source
    22. 22. Open data
    23. 23. • NYTimes Article Search API • NYTimes NewsWire API • Guardian Content API • Twitter Search API • MetaCarta LocationFinder API
    24. 24. NYTimes Article Search API
    25. 25. 1851-1944 1944-1981 1981-2009
    26. 26. 1981-2009 2,633,074 articles
    27. 27. title byline abstract article author body page section
    28. 28. title byline des_facet abstract geo_facet article author per_facet body org_facet page ... section
    29. 29. facets are classifiers for articles added by human indexers
    30. 30. query client API response
    31. 31. query {keywords facets extras}
    32. 32. response {fields facets}
    33. 33. {fields facets} response XML JSON
    34. 34. Processing Demo
    35. 35. Data from different APIs can be combined
    36. 36. OMG...just arrived in manhattan....feels like I'm in a movie hahaha
    37. 37. checrothers: Just landed in Dakar, Senegal… Another 9 hours n I’ll be in South Africa two entire days after I left … Doodles
    38. 38. jjvirgin: Just landed in Maui and I feel better already … Four days here then off to vegas
    39. 39. 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
    40. 40. twitter -> MetaCarta -> map
    41. 41. 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
    42. 42. { "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 }
    43. 43. "Confidence" : 0.733898, "Name" : "London, London, United Kingdom", "LocID" : "5fa97789b17a6a098040de968a11d86a", "Style" : "loc", "Centroid" : { "Latitude" : 51.52, "Longitude" : -0.1
    44. 44. VIDEO: Just Landed
    45. 45. VIDEO: GoodMorning!
    46. 46. DEMO: GoodMorning!
    47. 47. www.jennifergardy.com
    48. 48. NewsAlarm
    49. 49. NYTimes NewsWire API “the fire hose”
    50. 50. API client NewsAlarm
    51. 51. 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
    52. 52. 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
    53. 53. Why Data?
    54. 54. Why Now?
    55. 55. Nick Bilton www.nickbilton.com
    56. 56. Nick Bilton www.nickbilton.com
    57. 57. Our relationship with information has changed.
    58. 58. Our relationship with information is changing.
    59. 59. Presenting nothing but data and pattern, Lombardi reminds us that data is pattern. Ryan Bigge
    60. 60. blprnt@blprnt.com

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