Networks

Seminar & Workshop: To Be Announced

Seminar: 5:00-6:30pm, February 23, 2018
Workshop: 10:00am-5:00pm, February 24, 2018

When analyzing datasets, journalists often find that complexity in the data force them to move beyond Excel and use a database to model and query their data. Usually the first step is using a relational (or SQL) database, but this approach often breaks down when trying to answer questions such as "Who is connected to whom?". While a relational database can be a good choice for some datasets, connected data (such as company registries, investor information, and communication networks) is difficult and cumbersome to work with in the relational model. Data journalists today turn to new tools to gain deeper insight. Have you ever struggled with trying to make sense of a spreadsheet with a dozen tabs? If so, then a graph database might be the tool you need to keep track of connections in your data. Through a seminar on Friday and workshop on Saturday, participants will hear from experts who employ network techniques to tell stories, as well as learn how to use a graph database to analyze highly connected data by applying network analysis techniques.