Latest release: 2.9.2, 2013-07-30 - cutesy release code name "Practice! Practice! Practice!"
Questions? Problems? Just want to talk about computational journalism?
Journalists today work in a world dominated by two trends:
- Large sets of complex data with stories waiting to be told, and
- Real-time many-to-many communications platforms
Large sets of complex data with stories waiting to be told
- Government data - national, regional, and local
- Business and financial data
- Political fundraising and vote tabulation data
- Environmental, weather and climate data
- Social network data
- And yes - traffic and sports data too
Real-time many-to-many communications platforms
- Hundreds of millions of Facebook and Twitter accounts almost everywhere in the world
- Millions of active Twitter users
- Complex patterns of interactions around people, places and events
- Intricate and changing connection patterns between people
- People break and discuss the news in real time on Twitter.
What's in the workbench?
100 percent open source technologies!
- A complete Linux workstation, plus
Tools for collecting, managing, analyzing and presenting data
- Financial, economic and time series
- Geospatial / mapping
- Natural language, text data, machine learning
- Social networks and graphs
- Web scraping and PDF data extraction tools
- Digital media creation and editing tools
- Reproducible research
Who is it for?
- Journalism students: high school, community college and beyond
- Independent journalists: researchers, reporters, editors, publishers
Why 100 percent open source?
- Open source software is robust.
- Open source software is low cost.
The components of the Computational Journalism Publishers Workbench are proven technologies in wide use.
- Tools are crafted by highly-motivated self-regulated communities of experts.
- Security flaws, functionality defects and performance issues are rapidly found and fixed.
- Peer review process yields software that is usually more efficient than commercial counterparts.
- The software in the Computational Journalism Publishers Workbench is freely downloadable without legal restrictions.
- A wide range of documentation and training material for the tools is available for free on the World-Wide Web.
- Functionality that would cost thousands of dollars in commercial licenses is available for the cost of a download!
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