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NOW 2009. The Solar Century The past, present and world changing future of solar energy

Lecture by Jeremy Leggett

By now, it’s common knowledge that the aim of data journalism is to explain the same old stories better, and to use statistical and visualisation tools to discover new ones. These data journalism sessions focus on exploring the new uses, tools, programmes and resources that can help us come to grips with our reality.

As it’s always a good idea to put things into perspective, this latest session leaps into the international data journalism scene with the journalist Ben Welsh, Director of the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. Ben will offer an insight into the reality of this field at the Los Angeles Times and explain how his department works.

Data often appear in formats that we haven’t mastered or in non-uniform ways. Scraping helps us to get around this, because it allows us to extract hidden data from websites, PDFs, etc. for subsequent use. In this workshop Ben Walsh will explain the tools required to extract data from the Web using Python programming language.

Participants: Jeremy Leggett, Marta Pahissa

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28 November 2009