Data Journalism

The definitive list of what everyone likes
on Facebook.

The Verge

2016

Track 115 aircrafts the FBI uses for
surveillance (w/ Enigma).

Enigma / Fusion

2015

U.S. daily temperature anomalies 1964-2013
(w/ Enigma).

United Nations' IPCC / Jer Thorpe / Bill Gates

2015

Interactive: The Geography of Abortion Access
(w/ Michael Keller and Allison Yarrow).

The Daily Beast

2013

Your Reps on Guns: Retweets of representatives mentioning guns, firearms & related words
(w/ Michael Keller).

The Daily Beast

2013

Interactive Map: The U.S. Shooting Epidemic
(w/ Michael Keller).

The Daily Beast

2012

NYPD Surveillance of Shi'a Mosques.

Columbia University / Poynter

2012

The NYPD’s hottest stop-and-frisk spots
(w/ Michael Keller & Alice Brennan).

The New York World

2012

Media Metrics

How promotion affects pageviews on
the New York Times website.

OpenNews Source / Reuters

2013

Whither the pageview apocalypse?

Nieman Lab / Salon

2013

A listogram of BuzzFeed listicle Lengths (w/ Noah Veltman)

Betaworks

2013

Solutions journalism rubric.

Gates Foundation / Solutions Journalism Network

2013

The neural and emotional correlates of
social media (w/ Harmony Institute).

BuzzFeed / FastCompany / DataGotham / Strata

2013

Forecasting Hollywood Hits?

Harmony Institute

2012

HI Score: Towards a new metric of influence.

Harmony Institute

2012

Academic Publications

NewsLynx: A tool for newsroom impact
measurement (w/ Michael Keller).

Columbia University

2015

Targeting villages for rural development
using satellite image analysis
(w/ Kush Varshney, et. al.)

The Journal of Big Data

2014

Audience preferences are predicted by
temporal reliability of neural processing
(w/ J.P Dmochowski, et. al.)

Nature Communications

2014

Awards / Grants

Best Innovation — Excellence in Government
Awards (w/ Enigma & NOVAlytics)

Bureau of Governmental Research

2016

Research Fellow - Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Columbia University

2013-2015

Fellow - New York Times

Knight-Mozilla OpenNews

2013-2015

10 Best Data Visualization Projects

Flowing Data

2014

Short list — Interactive visualization

Information is Beautiful Awards

2014

Best Social Good Paper

KDD

2014

Code Sprint Grant — Treasury.io

Knight-Mozilla OpenNews

2013

Best in Show — Open Source Science Fair

New York Times

2013

Best in Innovation and Best in Show — Bicoastal Datafest

Columbia / Stanford University

2013

Innovation Showcase

Columbia University

2012

Best in Show — ScraperWiki Hackathon

Columbia University

2012

Teaching / Tutorials

Using Data to Investigate Across Borders (Intro to WebScraping)

Columbia University

2015

Intro to Web Scraping

NYU ITP

2014

Intro to Data Journalism - Nosara, Costa Rica

Chicas Poderoasa

2013

Civic Hackathon - Bogota, Colombia

Chicas Poderoasa

2013

Introductory GIS

Columbia University

2012

Open Source Software

newslynx-core — A platform for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of content.

Python / Postgres / Redis / Ansible

2013-2015

s3plz — A polite, minimal interface for sending python objects to and from Amazon S3.

Python / AWS

2015

smoke-signals — A model for minimizing deaths from home fires.

R / Random Forests

2015

ahs-acs — A machine-readable mapping of the American Housing Survey to the American Community Survey.

Python / Postgres

2015

if-that-then-this — An email-based workflow for connecting IFTTT to other services.

Python / SMTP / IMAP

2015

fish-finder — Recursively search a service for all possibilities until the optimal set is found.

Python / Web Scraping

2015

treasury.io — A daily data feed for the U.S. Treasury.

Python / Web Scraping / SQLite

2014

python-streamtools — A Python wrapper for NYT Lab's streamtools

Python / RabbitMQ

2014

churnalism — A Python utility for determining whether a news articles may have similarities with press releases and other sources.

Python / Web Scraping

2013

Generative Art / Music

csv soundsystem @ codame — A data disco.

R / Python / MIDI / JS / ffmpeg

2014

haikugrams — A bot that aggregates accidental haikus on Twitter.

Python / Text Processing

2014

centroids — A spectrum of nation's geographic centers.

Python / GIS / Image Processing

2014

cl-meats — An expressive command-line interface to chat.meatspac.es.

Python / Image Processing / Shell

2013

ddr — Data-driven rhythms in R.

R / Signal Processing / Music Theory

2013

buzzed-feed — A markov chain-powered listicle generator.

Python / Text Processing

2013

fms-symphony — A sonic and visual tour through the US Financial Crisis.

R / MIDI / Analog Synthesis / ffmpeg

2013

Appropriative Art

nytimes.cat — A teen-friendly makeover of the New York Times' homepage.

NY Times / NY Post / Death and Taxes / Esquire

2015

mcdonalds.hiphop — Hip Hop: we're loving it.

Mental Floss / A.V. Club

2015

welcome-to.miami — A bi-lingual landing page for the city of Miami.

Grossly Underappreciated

2015

marina abramovic made brazil cry — "An in-joke about an in-joke." - ArtNet

ArtForum / ArtNet / Jerry Saltz

2014

Albums / DJ Mixes

Linda EP — "Brian Abelson displays a masterful grasp of the deep house template"

Lobster Theremin

2017

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