Introduction to CVJ531: Database Journalism

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  • Introduction to CVJ531: Database Journalism

    1. 1. INTRODUCTION DATABASE JOURNALISM
    2. 2. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF• What’s your name?• Where are you from?• Why are you taking this course?• What’s your favorite spot on the internet?
    3. 3. WHAT’S A DATABASE?• Software that runs on a server• Stores structured information• Usually not directly accessible by other computers on the internet
    4. 4. WHY DATABASES?• Almost every site you visit collects information about you and stores it in a database• You live in the information age. • Would you rather be manipulate data or get manipulated by data?
    5. 5. TAKE FACEBOOK• Your hard drive is probably about 500 gigabytes. Facebook collects 512,000 of those full of data everyday. • 2.5 billion shares (status updates, wall posts, photos, videos, comments) • 2.7 billion likes • 300 million photos • 70,000 queries executed
    6. 6. WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE• Analyze data through code • Social networks, news articles, photos, wikileaks data dumps, bills in congress, etc.• Present that data via web interfaces • Make something useful out of something that you just can’t comprehend otherwise
    7. 7. SOME EXAMPLES
    8. 8. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?• HTML• CSS• JavaScript• Anything else
    9. 9. HOW THE WEB WORKSPC Google PC Internet Service Provider InternetYour ServicePC Provider ServerPC YouTube PC
    10. 10. HOW THE WEB WORKSPC Google PC Internet Service Provider InternetYour ServicePC Provider ServerPC YouTube PC
    11. 11. COURSEWORK• Relational Database Design• Models• API Mashups• Data mining/scraping tool• Final Project • Polished Mashup or Data Scraping/Mining Tool
    12. 12. GRADING• Each assignment is worth a specified number of points• Thoughtfulness • Does the assignment provoke deeper thinking?• Ease of Use • How easy is it for me to use your application?• Beauty • Does the visual design add to and complement the overall product?• Effort • Did you give it everything you had?
    13. 13. SPEAKING OF EFFORT• Coding can be hard. It requires a lot of practice.• When assignments are due, you should submit them online through the class website even if they don’t work properly.• If you turn the assignment in on time, you can keep iterating on it without penalties for turning it in late.
    14. 14. AND DON’T STEAL CODE• There are a lot of examples on the web• It’s perfectly fine to use and learn from them• It’s another thing entirely to not give credit to that person• If you fail to attribute code borrowed from somewhere else, I will fail you with prejudice
    15. 15. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT MAMP
    16. 16. THE COURSE WEBSITE• http://courses.dataplayed.com/um/cvj531• http://courses.dataplayed.com/um/cvj531/register• The registration code is swartz
    17. 17. HTML RECAP

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