How to Tell a Story With Data: Tools of the Trade


Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Part of the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series

Dhrumil Mehta, Database Journalist, FiveThirtyEight

Dhrumil Mehta will introduce participants to the tools of his trade as a database journalist, from GitHub to XML to locating relevant documents and databases and turning them into usable data for data-driven stories. Participants will gain hands-on training using GitHub and familiarity with other tools for data gathering and manipulation, and they will then utilize these tools to find and parse a dataset. Knowledge of data gathering and manipulation from the web allows you to apply your HKS quant skills in the real world. It can also be very freeing, both reducing reliance on programmers and reducing friction when working with programmers. This workshop is for students who want to roll up their sleeves and crunch some numbers--bring your laptop!


Please note that space is limited. RSVP is required to participate in this event.

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About the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series

The Ash Center’s non-resident Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students, co-sponsored by Tech4Change. Each workshop will help participants develop their “technological intelligence” and learn skills related to understanding, managing, or creating digital technologies with the potential to improve the quality of democratic governance. Visit to read more. RSVP is required. Space is limited.