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Steal this code: Presentation to Hacks/Hackers-OpenGovChicago

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On Wednesday, October 19, I presented a talk on using TribApps tools and libraries to a joint meetup of the Hacks/Hackers Chicago and OpenGov Chicago groups. It was roughly based on spreading information about the resources describe in my earlier blog post, Apps for Metro Chicago.

Here are the slides I presented.

Here are links to a few things I referenced:


Written by Joe Germuska

October 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Posted in Events, Open Source, Talks

Going Deep with Census Demographic and Economic Data

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The McCormick Foundation and the Cronkite School of Journalism produced a series of 17 videos covering various Census demographic and economic data resources. You can watch all of them at no cost.

In June, I was part of a project to help journalists learn more about the wealth of data provided by the Census Bureau. The end result of the weekend was seventeen 40-minute videos about diverse topics, which, as our convener Steve Doig observed is effectively a semester-long course, and it’s all available for you to watch online.

About half of the presenters are seasoned journalists (Pulitzer prize winners, even) who made a point of suggesting specific stories you could write from the data, and most of the rest were Census staff who know their stuff cold. And then there was me! Here’s a direct link to the video of my presentation on Census Geography, Maps, and Apps and a bitly bundle of the links I referenced in my presentation.

In some cases redundant to the bitly bundle, here is a summary of Census resources we’ve made or been involved with:

Written by Joe Germuska

July 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

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PyCon retrospective in brief

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Last week Ryan Nagle and I travelled down to Atlanta for PyCon 2011. There I finally had the opportunity to deliver my long-considered talk “Best Practices for Impossible Schedules” which summarizes much of what I’ve learned about developing software in a news environment.

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PyCon was a tremendous conference and I’ve love to talk at length about all the great things I saw, but instead I suggest you all do yourselves a favor and peruse the PyCon presentation archive. The audio and video quality are exceptional this year. Here are a few that you shouldn’t miss:

After a relatively disappointing DjangoCon last year, this conference was a very refreshing weekend of geek bliss. I’m very excited for the next two years in Santa Clara the two beyond that in Montreal.

Written by Christopher Groskopf

March 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Events, Talks

PyCon 2011: Newshackers assemble!

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PyCon 2011, Atlanta, March 9-17

At PyCon 2011 I will be delivering a talk entitled Best Practices for Impossible Deadlines, which will go in depth on the incredible variety of ways we’ve found to shave precious hours off the software development process. Special attention will be paid to Python and Django tools developed in the newsroom.

I know that many of you reading this will be blowing your conference budgets to attend the 2011 CAR conference in February, but if you’re not, or if you can make it to both I strongly encourage you to come to PyCon this year. Its got an impressive line-up of talks and tutorials. I’m also planning to organize an OpenSpace for news developers and perhaps another for those working with government data, if someone doesn’t beat me to them.

If you’re going to be there, please let me know so we can plan to connect early in the conference. Hope to meet many of you there!

Written by Christopher Groskopf

January 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Posted in Events, Python, Talks

“Experiences building” presentation from Mongo Chicago

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Last month I delivered a talk titled “Experiences with schema-less design, search faceting, and geo-queries while building” at the Mongo Chicago conference. The title hits on most of the topics I discussed as they relate to Mongo, but more generally I think it will appeal to hacker-journalist types as a sort of newsapps war story. I greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about the project and I hope you find it interesting.

Watch the full video at

Written by Christopher Groskopf

November 18, 2010 at 11:15 am

Posted in Talks