Data basics for new or student journalists

First: Catch your data! Here are some places to fish for data

Extract your data from horrible PDFs and/or scraping

Tidy your data

Google/Open Refine Download here http://openrefine.org/download.html

  • Text tutorial

http://schoolofdata.org/handbook/recipes/cleaning-spending-data-open-refine/

  • Video tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B70J_H_zAWM

Power Tools (Add-on in Google) Makes cleaning columns a breeze.

 Visualize your data (work in progrress)

Random links

http://schoolofdata.org/online-resources/

https://support.google.com/fusiontables/answer/184641?hl=en&ref_topic=1652595