I was looking for small personal project on the Members of the House of Commons. Nothing serious. Just something to code and have fun with.
The result: an interactive timeline of the occupation of the Members of Parliament throughout History!
Surprising how involved farmers were in politics prior the 70’s, isn’t it? You may also notice how being a politician has become a full time occupation around 2000. Click on the chart below for all the details!
How did I create this interesting timeline? I coded my own program to extract data from the Parliament of Canada website!
To code a script to send emails could be very useful for reporters. We could use it to create personalized alerts about any topic we want or to monitor our running scripts at a distance.
Reporters love Twitter and geeks love coding. Today, I’m merging the best of both worlds! On the menu: Python scripts to use Twitter to its full potential!
To code could seem intimidating, but the concept is actually very basic: to tell your computer what to do, using its language!
With this simple tutorial, you’ll write your first script with the language Python and you’ll run it! No need for preliminary knowledge. The goal is simply to show you the amazing potential of programming!
Regardless of your employment, to have good tools is always essential. My colleagues and friends often ask me which softwares I use. I thought the answer to this question would be a useful post!
Generally, you will always need the same basic functions: to collect data, to clean it, to sort it, to analyse it and then publish it in a simple way.
The list presented below is far from being complete or absolute. It’s simply the softwares I am currently using. Most of them are free, open source and cross-platform. It’s a good start!
Have you ever asked Santa for 30 hour days to accomplish all your projects?
However, after an interesting discussion with my former professor Jean-Hugues Roy, I decided to take the time to create this website about data journalism.
I have multiple goals embarking on this new adventure: