Addendum to Previous Post/Out-Of-Office Message

30 Sep

My WordPress contract grants me a vacation every 14 posts, so according to my math now’s the time. Anyway, I’ve been working too hard and I need a break. (Did I just say that? I must have; my nose is growing.) Absent a late-breaking development I hope to be back here around October 11, though I should have email access intermittently.

Now for the addendum, a quick one. The kind of spreadsheet you want turns in large measure on what it is you need to do with it. The UN birth-data sheet I commended in the post below works as a primary research source, but clearly won’t serve a public keen to tune into recapitulated, ready-to-read results. As such, the NPP worksheet might very well speak to that public in its language.

The question, one which denominates a real spreadsheet conceptual divide, is thus one of Before and After:  is the sheet something you want to read right now, or something on which you want and need to work? I’d allow that for the story generator, you want a Before – the data backstage, 1,000 rows and 50,000 characters in search of an author.

@abbottkatz

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2 Responses to “Addendum to Previous Post/Out-Of-Office Message”

  1. Covered Structure February 13, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Hello! This is my 1st comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your
    articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics?
    Thanks for your time!

  2. Abbott Katz February 13, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks for your note – glad you like the blog. I’m not sure about comparable blogs and the like; the Guardian datablog has many topical spreadsheets, but doesn’t get into spreadsheet construction. You might also look at datadrivenjournalism.net (I have a piece there, too). Also, look at http://onlinejournalismblog.com/author/ojb/

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