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Teaching Materials from NICAR 2012

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

I had the sincere honor of presenting at NICAR 2012 in St. Louis for the second year in a row. I provide the takeaway materials here, if you find them useful.

Bring Your Mapping Dreams to Fruition — code for demos of Leaflet and Raphael, for making zoomable and non-zoomable maps.

  • Tipsheet with links to projects we’ve done at the AP using these tools, documentation and helpful tools to use, and sample code for some more basic projects I demoed during the session

Web Scraping without Programming (Panel) — Chris Keller and I talk about free tools you can use that will take care of scraping tasks for you, without you having to spend time/have the knowledge set to write code.

  • Slides
  • Tipsheet - with summaries and links for the tools, and general advice

Web Scraping without Programming (Hands-on class) — Chris Keller and I walk through an example using a tool called Outwit Hub, great for scraping tasks of easy to intermediate complexity (grabbing tables from multiple pages, for example.

  • Chris explains how HTML elements work, so you can find elements before or after the data you want to grab. This is necessary for using many free scraping tools.  A great primer. Blog post here.
  • My step-by-step walkthrough using Outwit Hub and the Chrome Scraper extension to grab pieces of information from multiple pages. Blog post here.
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