Reproducible Journalism for Firefox Phones

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Proposal
Short Form
Intermediate

Excerpt

Reproducible research, data journalism, mobile first - what happens when you mash them all up and deliver them to a Firefox phone?

Description

Reproducible research, data journalism, mobile first – what happens when you mash them all up and deliver them to a Firefox phone? That’s the challenge I set out for myself in the fall of 2013 (http://repres4fxos.github.io/#/).

The challenges:

  • Your reader may well be multitasking – you have “one eyeball and one thumb” to work with.
  • Reproducible journalism – delivering a story complete with code, data, graphics and text to a phone – is limited by:
    • Bandwidth costs,
    • JavaScript speed,
    • Screen size, and
    • Device storage space.
  • Typing on a small screen is painful. You can’t expect a reader to enter anything.

The open source ingredients:

I’ll be talking about how to overcome the challenges of developing reproducible stories using modern open source tools (and a bunch of user testing). The example stories will be taken from current events – weather, sports and markets. If you have an Android phone or tablet with Firefox, or a Firefox phone, you’ll be able to follow along!

Tags

reproducible research, data journalism, mobile first, Firefox OS, RStudio, Markdown, Pandoc, Mozilla Brick, Firefox Developer Tools

Speaking experience

I've been speaking since I was a child. ;-) But seriously, I used to give sales presentations and demos for high-performance computing, I was on Jeopardy! and I was in 25 plays when I was a graduate student - in applied mathematics.

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