Noah Veltman is a developer and datanaut for the WNYC Data News team. He builds interactive graphics, maps, and data-driven news apps, and spends a lot of time spelunking in messy spreadsheets. Prior to WNYC, he was a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow on the BBC Visual Journalism team in London. Some of his other projects can be found here.
Noah’s work on Source
- How Usability Testing Can Improve News Stories
- Better Documentation Is Within Reach
- Introducing Wherewolf
- Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates
- SRCCON: How Not to Skew Data with Statistics
- Introducing FourScore
- How We Made @NailbiterBot
- Mapping the History of Street Names
Articles by Noah
Better Documentation Is Within Reach
Nine field-tested strategies for writing better docsPosted on
Good docs help people use your work, but they have other benefits too. They encourage community contributions. They save you from your past self when you’re revisiting your own code six months from now. And they help you think: much like talking to a rubber duck helps you find bugs, carefully documenting your work for users helps you see it from a different perspective and design better code.
A serverless boundary service from WNYCPosted on
Speedy sentiment-grid making from WNYC + Al Jazeera AmericaPosted on
At the 2014 OpenNews code convening, we took on the task of making a reusable system that could allow other organizations to produce something sentiment grids with a bare minimum of technical know-how. The result was FourScore, a library that allows you to set a few configuration options to produce your very own interactive sentiment grid. It even works in IE8, and maybe doesn’t totally not work in IE7.
How We Made @NailbiterBot
A new data-driven Twitterbot from start to finishPosted on
Mapping the History of Street Names
OpenNews Fellow Noah Veltman breaks down an SF history mapPosted on
OpenNews Fellow Noah Veltman breaks down the design and code decisions behind his History of SF Place Names map.