Document Mining with Overview: A Digital Tools Tutorial

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March 15, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
Document Mining with Overview: A Digital Tools Tutorial
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the American Press Institute and Knight Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
March 15, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Overview is a free tool for journalists that automatically organizes a large set of documents by topic, and displays them in an interactive visualization for exploration, tagging, and reporting. Journalists have already used it to report on FOIA document dumps, emails, leaks, archives, and social media data. In fact it will work on any set of documents that is mostly text. It integrates with DocumentCloud and can import your projects, or you can upload data directly in CSV form.

You can't read 10,000 pages on deadline, but Overview can help you rapidly figure out which pages are the important ones -- even if you're not sure what you're looking for.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

See more tools in the Digital Tools Catalog

Quick Start Guide

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Overview Demo

What Will I Learn:
  • What types of documents and reporting problems Overview can and cannot help with
  • How to load your documents into Overview
  • How to use Overview's visualization tools to understand the contents of your document set
  • How to use Overview's tagging and annotation features to keep track of what you discover
  • Using Overview to find patterns across many documents
Who Should Take this Course:

Journalists, bloggers, editors, managers, producers and anyone who wants to sort quickly though hundreds, or hundreds of thousands, of documents.

Course Instructor:

Jonathan Stray

Jonathan Stray leads the Overview Project for the Associated Press, a Knight News Challenge-funded visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense of very large document sets, and teaches computational journalism at Columbia University. Formerly he was an interactive editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a senior computer scientist at Adobe Systems. He has contributed stories to The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Wired and China Daily.

Sponsor:

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century.

Founded in 1946, its mission was to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment – to sustain a free press in the public interest. That mission continues in the modern era.

The Institute initially was located at Columbia University’s Journalism School before moving in 1974 to Reston, Va.

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