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Tool CMS xaaaaanaduuuuu work week The Lure of the One True System

The Lure of the One True System

Across many days at SRCCON, I heard many people express a common wish: a single piece of software that would unify every piece of knowledge in a newsroom. Reporters’ notes, interview transcripts, style guides, story drafts, published articles, and updated corrections: All of it would be eaten by this wonderful engine. It would store notes and publish stories and accumulate knowledge and even handle permissions.

Tool CSV JavaScript Introducing Tik Tok: Beautiful Timelines, the Easy Way

Introducing Tik Tok: Beautiful Timelines, the Easy Way

Tik Tok creates elegant vertical timelines by pulling from a variety of data sources. It’s designed for newsroom coders of all levels. If you can copy and paste, you’re on your way.

Tool maps data visualization JavaScript Building on Data Viz for All

Building on Data Viz for All

Helping newsrooms improve interactive graphics and data visualizations by making them more accessible to all users.

Tool Doc2Media opennews DocumentCloud Code Convening Opening Up Doc2Media

Opening Up Doc2Media

Earlier this year at La Nación, we developed Doc2Media, an app that adds media resources to documents hosted on DocumentCloud. We created it to visualize hearings from a famous trial led by Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor who died in unclear circumstances hours before testifying against the Argentinian president. After we finished the project, we wanted to extend its functionality and abstract it to a tool that can be used in other projects as well as by other newsrooms.

Tool Electron desktop apps Introducing Aufbau

Introducing Aufbau

Remembering where all our tools live and how to use them can be tiresome, even for us. As a potential solution, we’re experimenting with packaging these previously web apps into a desktop application using GitHub’s Electron framework, which NPR has also been experimenting with for photo tools. The project is called Aufbau and it’s up on GitHub.

Tool bots Twitter #botweek Mockingjay: A Smarter Repeater

Mockingjay: A Smarter Repeater

Meet our Twitter bot that follows a list of users and retweets them when they mention a certain topic.

Tool bots #botweek elections Thank You, Electionbot

Thank You, Electionbot

Offloading some of a burden of continuous human monitoring to a friendly bot can be just the comfort you need on a cold Election Night.

Tool csvkit Eleven Awesome Things You Can Do with csvkit

Eleven Awesome Things You Can Do with csvkit

Christopher Groskopf, master of CSVs, breaks down the magical powers of csvkit.

Tool data cleaning data evaluation CSV All About CSV Fingerprint

All About CSV Fingerprint

CSV Fingerprints creator Victor Powell talks about the tool’s inception, inner workings, and potential to help data-slingers in newsrooms finally ditch Excel.

Tool All About the dailygraphics Rig from NPR

All About the dailygraphics Rig from NPR

Last week, NPR’s Visuals team released their dailygraphics rig, which offers workflow for small-scale visualizations, interactives, and graphics, along with “automated machinery for creating, deploying and embedding these mini-projects.” Their introductory blog post breaks down how to set up and use the rig, and the code is open source and ready to use. Alyson Hurt joined last week’s OpenNews community call to talk a little about the project, and we chatted with her and Christopher Groskopf afterward about how the rig came to be, what kind of skills are required to use it, and their aim to improve code quality and culture through process-improving tools.

Tool security Heartbleed What Heartbleed Means for Newsroom Technology

What Heartbleed Means for Newsroom Technology

If your websites have SSL enabled (when users log in, for example), or if you use VPN software to secure your network, or if you run your own mail servers, your newsroom might be affected by Heartbleed. Here’s what to do next.

Tool How We Are Exploring Mountains of Linked Data at BBC News Labs

I was asked to join BBC News Labs a couple a weeks ago to work on a project that, when it was first briefly explained to me by email, left me clueless about what it was about. (Imagine the discomfort before my job interview with Matt Shearer, Innovation Manager at the Lab.)

The project is called #newsVane—and yes, we refer to it with the hash sign every time, don’t ask me why.

Tool Introducing Streamtools: A Graphical Tool for Working with Streams of Data

Introducing Streamtools: A Graphical Tool for Working with Streams of Data

We see a moment coming when the collection of endless streams of data is commonplace. As this transition accelerates it is becoming increasingly apparent that our existing toolset for dealing with streams of data is lacking. Over the last 20 years we have invested heavily in tools that deal with tabulated data, from Excel, MySQL, and MATLAB to Hadoop, R, and Python+Numpy. These tools, when faced with a stream of never-ending data, fall short and diminish our creative potential.

In response to this shortfall we have created streamtools—a new, open source project by the New York Times R&D Lab which provides a general purpose, graphical tool for dealing with streams of data. It offers a vocabulary of operations that can be connected together to create live data processing systems without the need for programming or complicated infrastructure. These systems are assembled using a visual interface that affords both immediate understanding and live manipulation of the system.

Tool jobs Introducing Source Jobs

Today, we’re launching Source Jobs, a new place to list jobs for the newsroom designers and developers already populating our Community section—and for the curious developers and designers who don’t yet realize that their future lies in journalism. As the global journalism-code community continues to grow, our goal is to offer a simple, scalable listings service that newsrooms can edit on their own.

Tool Node.js markdown Introducing Sheetdown

Sheetdown is a command line Node.js module for turning a Google Spreadsheet into a Markdown (well, actually, a GitHub Flavored Markdown) table. It started with a tweet…

Tool filmstrips animation Animation With Filmstrips

Animation With Filmstrips

The code and thinking behind NPR’s implementation of the JPEG “filmstrip” technique in “Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt.”

Tool security DeadDrop securedrop SecureDrop, the Open-Source Submission Platform for Journalists and Whistleblowers

SecureDrop, the Open-Source Submission Platform for Journalists and Whistleblowers

Freedom of the Press Foundation executive director Trevor Timm discusses SecureDrop’s evolution and future prospects.

Tool metrics How Promotion Affects Pageviews on the New York Times Website

2013 OpenNews fellow Brian Abelson has been conducting research on pageviews as a metric, and on the relationship between pageviews and promotion at the New York Times during his fellowship there. This article is cross-posted from his blog.

Tool Leaflet Node.js mapping cartodb Turntable Banquo Server Banquo PostGIS The Code Behind AJAM’s Displaced Syrians App

The Code Behind AJAM's Displaced Syrians App

Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller introduces the three new open source libraries behind AJA’s displaced Syrians interactive app.

Tool mapping choropleth Simple Map D3 D3 Tulip JavaScript Mapping Made Simple, Now with Bonus UI

Mapping Made Simple, Now with Bonus UI

Introducing the double-whammy of Simple Map D3 and Tulip, a new mapping app from MinnPost.