About Len De Groot
Len De Groot is the Interactive Design & Data Instructor at the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, teaching mid-career journalists and graduate students skills to tell stories on the Web. He has nearly 20 years of newsroom experience and was graphics director for WSFL-TV and the SunSentinel newspaper in South Florida. While there he created and directed news graphics for print, interactive graphics for the paper’s Web site and animated news graphics and packages for a morning television news show and television station promotions. De Groot has been recognized with more than 30 international and national awards for informational graphics.
- • Course design, instruction and online instruction
- • GIS (ESRI, QGIS, MAPublisher), 3D (LightWave), Adobe Creative Suite (all), VizRT
- • Voting with your tweet: Developed visualizations of Twitter messages to illustrate daily win/loss predictions for 2012 congressional races.
- • freeDive: Designed and developed a tool for making embeddable, user-searchable databases
- Occupation: Interactive Design & Data Instructor
- Organization: Knight Digital Media Center
- Location: Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
- Website: http://lendegroot.com/
- Twitter: lendegroot
- Facebook: lendegroot
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Content on this site written by Len De Groot (includes contributory writing):
- Topic Shell Demo
- Test project for new shell system. Test project for new shell system. Test project for new shell system. Test project for new shell system. Test project for new shell system. ...
- FreeDive tips and tricks
Published Feb 17, 2012
- Get the most out of freeDive searchable databases.
- QGIS basics for Journalists
Published Aug 25, 2011
- QGIS is a free, open source GIS application that works on most major operating systems. It's a great starting point for journalists who want to explore data with maps. This ...
- Intro to cleaning data
Published Aug 16, 2011
- Understanding how to clean data is an important skill every reporter needs. Learn how spreadsheets work, basic data-cleaning workflow and how to use formulas and functions.
Published May 13, 2011
- Hands-on tutorial will give you tools to improve the quality photos and manage your collection as it grows.
- WordPress: Photo Galleries
Published Mar 30, 2011
- Learn how the WordPress Media Library and galleries work, how to set up and use the NextGen plugin to improve photo management and create slideshows and galleries that can be ...
- Protovis Templates
Published Jan 28, 2011
- Use Google Refine to Export JSON
Published Jan 11, 2011
- Google refine is great at cleaning large sets of data. But one amazing under-documented feature is the ability to design and output JSON files. With Google Refine, you can turn ...
- Protovis compatibility in Internet Explorer
Published Jan 7, 2011
- Protovis is a terrific tool that works well in modern browsers. But it does have some compatibility problems with Internet Explorer 6-8. We'll look at some methods to make your ...
- Protovis Part 5: Swap external data
Published Oct 22, 2010
- Learn to how to swap external data files and some techniques to improve animate with small objects like lines.
- Protovis Part 4: External data and animated labels
Published Oct 19, 2010
- Learn to how to load data into your Protovis charts from an external file and learn new tricks to animate bars and labels simultaneously.
- Protovis Part 3: Variables and animation
Published Oct 15, 2010
- Variables allow you to make easy-to-update data visualization templates that you can post in minutes. Plus learn simple animation.
- Protovis Part 2: Lines and Labels
Published Oct 7, 2010
Published Sep 29, 2010
- Build 960 design grids in Photoshop
Published Sep 2, 2010
- Most modern Web sites are designed and built on a fixed, 960-pixel grid. Building on a grid creates page layouts that are visually consistent and easier for users to navigate. ...
- Databases of Statistical Information
Published May 5, 2010
- This is a directory of online databases of demographic and other statistical information that are publicly available on the web. The directory is organized topically, and includes database with national, ...
- Build an Interactive Census Map
Published Apr 22, 2010
- Step-by-step guide to using geocommons.com to make a an interactive census map. Created by Len De Groot for the Knight Digital Media Center.
- Build an animated ad in PhotoShop CS4.
Published Apr 21, 2010
- Independent bloggers and journalists may find that they need to build an ad to support their work. This tutorial will provide some basic guidelines and instruction on how to build ...
- Data Visualization: Basics
Published Mar 3, 2010
- Interactive graphics give your content context and impact. Learn how to use Google Gadgets to create charts that you can embed in your site. Google Gadgets are free.
- FreeDive tips and tricks
- freeDive updates and future plans
- Hardly seems like a month has passed since the launch of freeDive. We're pleased at how quickly it has caught on and that it's in use, especially as an experimental ...
- Introducing freeDive: Searchable databases for everyone
- Imagine you have a spreadsheet of campaign contributions or crime statistics that you want to share. For years, you had to pay for a service or know how to code to ...
- Five QGIS tips for Mac users
- QGIS, a free, open-source data mapping application, has supported the Mac for years. But plugins are frequently developed on different platforms and introduce some wonkyness for those of us who ...
- Intro to data cleaning tutorial
- We just posted a tutorial that covers the basics of cleaning data in spreadsheets. You'll learn how spreadsheets work, basic data-cleaning workflow and how to use formulas and functions to clean data. ...
- See our Fellow's July Multimedia Projects
- The projects created by our Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop fellows have been posted and are available to the public. They reported on Children’s Fairyland, The Crucible art camp, the Cultured Pickle ...
- Development ends for Protovis
- Tutorial: Manage and protect your images with iPhoto
- A good photo workflow can save you time and help you be more efficient. If you work at a large organization, chances are you use a combination of Photoshop and ...
- Better timelines through editing
- Some really smart programmer/journalists at ProPublica recently released an open source interactive timeline tool called TimelineSetter. It does many things very well, including automating timeline creation from a csv file. But ...
- Census maps that resonate: Q&A with Bob Rebach
- KDMC Interactive Census Workshop alum Bob Rebach, assistant graphics editor for The Record and Herald News, recently struck gold with an interactive census map. Published on NorthJersey.com, the map illustrates ...
- Highlights from the Interactive Census Workshop
- Thanks to all the great participants we had in our first data visualization workshop. The Interactive Census Workshop brought together 23 professionals from around the country, including computer assisted reporters, ...
- Welcome to Our Web Site Redesign
- Over the years, our workshops have resulted in the production of hundreds of tutorials and video presentations. The growth of this content also made it more difficult for you, the ...
- We've been discussing the merits of 3rd party data visualization services at KDMC lately. Services like Many Eyes and Google Docs provide a valuable service by offering easy-to-use visualization tools. ...
- Interactive Census Workshop
- The KDMC at UC Berkeley is offering a customized visual storytelling workshop to train journalists on new ways to process data from the 2010 Census. Fellows will illustrate the ...
- Can iPhone 4 shoot news video?
- While the camera on the iPhone 4 is pretty average, iMovie is not. Suddenly, the iPhone can be a serviceable web video camera in breaking news situations or unplanned interviews. ...
- A Closer Look at Interactive Timelines
- Free interactive timeline tools like Timetoast and Dipity can do more harm than good when misused. Often, a chronology is confused with a timeline, making it harder for readers to ...
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