Data + Narrative: Money and Politics Storytelling with Big Data

3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering 111 Cummington Street
With the November election just weeks away, data masters from the Federal Election Commission and the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance will provide a unique “under the hood” look at money and politics information: how millions of records are collected, stored, cleaned, analyzed and presented. BU Clinical Journalism Professor and Hariri Institute Fellow Maggie Mulvihill will moderate the discussion on how this data has become an essential and powerful storytelling tool, especially in the post-Citizens United era. Speakers include Al Grimes, the Chief Information Officer for the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance, an accountant and software developer who has overseen the electronic filing of campaign finance reports for over 12 years, as well as Dr. Paul Clark, Disclosure Business Architect for the Federal Election Commission, a data analyst and subject matter expert who holds a PH.D. in political science. Please join us. RSVP to Light refreshments will be served