Data-Driven Investigations

    This course will give participants an opportunity to brush up on core data skills and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.
    Room TBC, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London
    17 January 2018 - 18 January 2018
    Drawing from real life examples and scenarios, this course will guide attendees from hypothesis to story, including sections on working with spreadsheets, scraping and importing data, investigating people and companies and the latest tools and techniques. 
    The data is rarely the story in itself. This weekend will help you find the human face to add impact and relevance.

    Course Outline

    Course Outline

    This two-day wokshop will be divided into half-day sections designed to take you through the steps to build a lead into a full investigative story.
    Section 1 - Finding the lead in the data
    Section 2 - From Hypothesis to Data
    Section 3 - Putting the flesh on the bones
    Section 4 - Putting it all together and finding the narrative
    Technical requirements. 
    Bring your own laptop; wifi logons will be provided. Both Macs and PCs are ok. 
    You should have Excel installed. We realise that some people prefer other spreadsheet programs, including LibreOffice and Google Sheets, but please be aware that the trainers will be working with Excel and that they may not always be able to accommodate the limitations of other programs.
    It would be helpful if you have OpenRefine installed and working. You should at least try starting it before the course – you may need to update some software it uses. 

    About the trainer

    Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally head of training for the World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for the World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. Since 2010 Jonathan has worked as a freelance trainer – mostly with data and the Open Data Movement. Tracking the use of open data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between a hobby and an obsession.  
    '[Jonathan Stoneman is] very knowledgable, but down-to-earth and communicated in a very accessible and humorous way. Gave great real world examples and tips.' 

    Big organisations (10+ people) - £285
    Freelancers/small orgamisations (9 people and fewer) - £235
    Students (evening/correspondence courses) - £175 (limited availability)
    Full-time students - £110 (limited availability)
    Goldsmiths students get 20% off: contact marina(at) for Goldsmiths discount. 
    Please REGISTER HERE first. 
    Then make a payment, either by bank transfer (details in the booking form) or via PayPal. No PayPal account? You can pay via PayPal with your credit card. Your place is not confirmed until the full payment is received.