Resources from Diving Into Data
If you couldn’t make it to Austin for Diving Into Data Feb. 22-25, we’ve got resources from the conference for you to browse and keep for your reference.
Any reporters interested in data-based journalism – not just conference attendees – can join the EMC Diving Into Data group.
Browse tweets from the conference.
You can download a .zip file of all the presentations and research studies referenced at the conference.
Read a primer from Pearson, How to Read Education Research.
Finally, here’s a list of valuable web resources from data coach Christian McDonald:
- http://www.cometdocs.com: Convert PDFs to Excel (and a lot more)
- http://dmcritchie.mvps.org/excel/strings.htm: Tutorial on string manipulations (modifying text as opposed to numbers). Very powerful in cleaning up data.
- http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/examples-of-commonly-u…: Examples of formulas in Excel
- http://spreadsheets.about.com: Not comprehensive, but possibly some useful tips on spreadsheets in general
- http://people.ericson.net: Helps clean up names
- http://tableizer.journalistopia.com: Will take spreadsheet data and convert to an HTML table to publish online.
If you want to brush up on your data skills, check out the EWA Webinars page for archived training, and feel free to dig through the Data & Accountability page on Story Starters for story ideas, experts, examples of great journalism and more.
This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.