2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Real World Data: Lessons from Texas Prisons

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The Texas Tribune deals with government data ranging from thousands to millions of rows and every data set has one thing in common: there's next to nothing in common. This talk shows you the process for consuming government data to build a news application using the Texas Tribune's Prison Inmate news app as a back drop for what we've learned and the processes we have in place.



Travis Swicegood

The Texas Tribune

Travis Swicegood has spent a decade and a half in the technology industry with a focus on the web. Originally from El Paso, he has worked for startups targeting everything from electronic medical records to customer relationship management to social networks. He came to the Tribune after a year and a half of running his own consulting company that focused on helping not-for-profits and political activists use technology to expand their reach. Before taking over as News Apps and Data Editor, he served as Director of Technology where he spearheaded the Tribune's move to a responsive web design and lead development efforts on the Texas Tribune's Armstrong Project, a Knight Foundation funded project to create an open source news platform.

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