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1 Web and Database Tools: Investigative Reporting Steven Rich, IRE and #SABEW #drillingdeep

2 SYW Show Your Work Data is not a dirty word People want to see documents Readers love interactivity Journalists as gatekeepers still exists but... We need a wider gate, especially with investigative pieces

3 Investigating the Energy Industry Must read: “The History of the Standard Oil Company” by Ida Tarbell Ida only used words, but who knows what she'd do now? If you have the tools, use them It's a complicated subject If you don't use it (tools) You risk losing it (readers)

4 Types of Tools Audio, Photo and Video Google Document Presentation Web Scraping Data Wrangling Database Managers Data Visualization Mapping Advanced → DIY

5 The best things in life ARE FREE

6 Audio, Photo and Video Audio o Audacity Audacity Photo o Gimp Gimp Video o iMovie o Open Movie Editor Open Movie Editor

7 Google Advanced Search Insights for Search Trends Public Data Explorer Google Fusion Always coming out with more

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9 DocumentCloud Upload your documents Analyze, annotate and publish Turn your documents into data Used in newsrooms across the world See others' documents Request an account today: free Request an account any other time: free

10 Data Wrangling Just because someone gives you data, it doesn't mean it's clean If it's not, there are solutions Mr. People Google Refine Mr. Data Converter CSV to HTML

11 Database Managers SQLite o SQLiteMan MySQL Libre Office (Calc) PostgreSQL

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13 Web Scraping There's a lot of data out there, but it's not always easy to get Always easier to ask for data than to scrape it Scraping is good for constantly updating data Make friends with your developers Does require some programming language But Google can help

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15 Mapping/Data Viz The energy industry affects many Mapping helps answer “so what?” for more Google Fusion It'll do the trick, but if you want personalization Cloudmade/Leaflet CloudmadeLeaflet Mapstraction Tableau Public

16 Advanced Looking to customize user experience? Like to play around with code? APIs Django CMS Ruby on Rails Github

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