Science Writing for the Small Screen with Osjourno-Webapplate*
Science writers targeting the small screen are faced with a number of challenges. To address them, I've developed a workflow centered on RMarkdown authoring tools and the Mozilla Webapplate web app deployment framework.
Science writers targeting the small screen are faced with a number of challenges:
- Distracted readers – readers may well be multitasking. Your readers may well have “one eyeball and one thumb” to devote to reading.
- Typing is slow and inaccurate. We can’t expect a reader to do more than simple gestures on a touch screen.
- Device constraints – even the larger smartphones are constrained by processor, RAM, data storage and bandwidth capacity. Internet connectivity may be spotty or nonexistent.
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.
Buck Borasky, Frontier Programmer – making space for octothorpes since 2007. Former Boy Genius, Sit-down Comic, Thought Follower, Curmudgeon-in-Residence.
- Title: "R" You Ready for Some Football? Hacking Fantasy Sports with Open Source Software
- Track: Hacks
- Room: B304
- Time: 3:45 – 4:30pm
You’ve probably heard about “robot jounalism” – computers writing finance and sports stories. Well, there’s just one teensy little problem with robots writing finance and sports stories: investors and fantasy sports gamers don’t want the data turned into text! They want their data raw, right and fast. They need clean, timely data to make objective decisions using tried-and-true statistical methodologies. So I’m not going to talk about robot journalism – I’m going to talk about fantasy sports: getting the data, analyzing it and using statistical decision-making tools to enhance the probability of winning.
- Speakers: M. Edward (Ed) Borasky