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Data Journalism in Action
Working with Spreadsheets
City of New Orleans Open Data
Open raw data ranging from parade routes to trash collection to NOPD use of force incidents. Also includes apps, maps, visualizations, and benchmarks have been built on City data.
Free Investigative Journalism Tools
Free software and open-source tools for journalists, journalistic research, discovery, investigative reporting, privacy, data visualization, data driven journalism and datajournalism.
WTFcsv gives you a quick overview of what is in your .csv (“comma-separated values”) file. It helps you quickly move to asking your spreadsheet some questions that can help you find stories to tell.
How to "interview" a big pile of data
Excel tutorial from NPR on finding, questioning, cleaning, and manipulating data.
Questions to ask about your data
Who created this dataset?
Who is responsible for maintaining it?
What point in time or time-range does it apply to?
How was the data collected?
How was the data processed after being collected?
Mapping assignment: videos, written tutorial
Another option for creating maps, StoryMap.JS allows you to tell stories and embed other media along with your map. An example of a StoryMap using the New Orleans Festivals and Markets data is available here
ArcGIS provides the underlying system for the maps on the City of New Orleans GIS page; you can customize the maps found on the City of New Orleans database, or signup for a free account at https://www.arcgis.com/home/index.html
Technology for Checkout in the Learning Commons
Below is a selection of the technology that is available for checkout at the Learning Commons Desk or from Media Services on the first floor of the library.
- Digital cameras
- Digital video cameras
- Digital voice recorders
- Ethernet cords
- Mac adapters
- Laptops (Dell, Dell mini, Eee PC, Mac)
- Laptop locks
Software and Hardware in the Library
Four iMacs and four PC computers are located in front of Media Services on the first floor of the library. They have flatbed scanners for scanning documents and images. Materials on how to use the scanners are located at the computers. The staff in Media Services can also assist you with these computers. Follow the link below for a list of software on the Digital Media Workstations.
Digital Media Workstations
Four iMacs and four PC computers are located in front of Media Services on the first floor of the library. They have flatbed scanners for scanning documents and images. Materials on how to use the scanners are located at the computers. The staff in Media Services can also assist you with these computers.
Mac computers are located in the back of the first floor of the library.
- Adobe CS3: Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
- DVD Studio Pro
- Final Cut Pro 7
- Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Word
- Photo Booth