Tag: panda

by Christopher Groskopf

Now that [PANDA](http://pandaproject.net) has been out in the world for a while, we would like to suggest you also take a look at a “cousin” project of sorts: [csvkit](http://csvkit.readthedocs.org/en/latest/index.html). csvkit is a suite of powertools for working with Comma-separated values (CSV) files. It’s a command line toolkit, so you will need some minimal technical know-how [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

September 6 will be both the [PANDA Project’s](http://pandaproject.net/) one-year anniversary, as well as my last day as a full-time developer. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. To celebrate the end of primary development, we’ve spent the last few weeks on spit-and-polish [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

Eleven months ago, we began prototyping PANDA. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. I hacked for a month on an experimental version, verified that our technology choices worked, and then threw it out and started over. Since that time, development has [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

Wouldn’t it be sweet if you just got an email when something newsworthy happens? Wouldn’t that make your job easier? Well, have we got news for you. Today’s release, PANDA beta 2, has an awesome new feature: search notifications. Think of it like a Google News search: Go to PANDA and search for something. Check [...] more »

by Ryan Thornburg

As much as the long-term success of the OpenRural project depends on technology and open records, it also depends on having enough reporters in rural communities who appreciate the journalistic power of data, but also know how to harness it correctly to tell stories and deliver reliable, relevant information to their communities. I’ve just finished [...] more »

by Joe Germuska

First and foremost: Thanks to our early users for helping us make [PANDA](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/08/panda-aims-to-make-data-analysis-easier-for-journalists-and-well-be-at-ona237.html) better! At the [NICAR conference](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2012/02/journo-coders-take-nicar-12-to-a-whole-new-level059.html) in St. Louis, we helped almost two dozen PANDA servers enter the world in less than an hour. We’re hoping this is a sign that we’ve made PANDA easy enough for many newsrooms to install. Plus, our [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

I spent a rapid-fire 23 hours in St. Louis this weekend at the NICAR 12 conference. For those who don’t know, NICAR stands for “National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting,” and, as the slightly antiquated name might suggest, was founded long before the commercial Internet, back in 1989. Traditionally, the organization (which is run by IRE, [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

We’re excited to, for the first time, put PANDA into users’ hands! After roughly six months of development, we are releasing our first beta version. This release implements nearly all of our “must have” features. We’ve written several times (1, 2, 3) about specific parts of PANDA in development, but until now haven’t paid much [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

Last time I wrote it was to solicit ideas for PANDA’s API. We’ve since implemented those ideas, and we’ve just released our third alpha, which includes a complete writable API, demo scripts showing how to import from three different data sources, and the ability to import data from Excel spreadsheets. The PANDA project aims to [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

In September, the complete PANDA team met at ONA in Boston to review our survey responses, organize them into features, and plot a development road map for the year. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. On our wiki, you can see [...] more »