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Finding, Scraping and Telling Data-driven Stories with Reem Almasri

September 14 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

This event is capped at 12 people. A link to register is forthcoming and will be sent to all MAAS students in the near future.

This 6-hour workshop will introduce researchers to different tools to effectively find data in social science studies in Arabic and English. We will look at best practices to utilize advanced options on search engines, and explore the deep web to find data beyond data presented to us in Google search results. It will introduce researchers to scraping tools that will convert datasets from PDF, image, or html to computer-readable formats (.xsl and .csv). Finally, students will get to produce short format data stories relevant to their field of study through critically using the data they found and prepared for analysis. 

Who should attend: 

Interested MAAS students working with English and Arabic datasets in the social science field and find finding and scraping data laboursome. 

Basic technical requirement: 

Participants should have basic knowledge of spreadsheet programs like Excel, Numbers, or Google spreadsheets. They should be able to clean and format data, and calculate averages, percentages and proportions. 

** If you are unfamiliar with Excel or Numbers or need a refresher please take one of these basic courses through Georgetown’s partnership with LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com) before the class. For example, please see:

Getting started with Excel (2 hours 8 minutes)
Excel 2016 Essential Training (8 hours 52 minutes)
This is a longer more exhaustive training. If you already know how to use excel some you will be able to skip over some of the basics.  
Numbers 4 Essential Training (4 hours 7 minutes)

There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch will be provided.

Reem al-Masri 
Reem Al-Masri is a journalist covering technology at 7iber, an independent media agency in Jordan. Her work focuses on digital rights and security, and the intersection between technology and politics across Jordan and the Arab world. Reem currently also leads digital security training at 7iber. She researches how independent media institutions can incorporate digital security processes within their journalistic practice. She holds an MA in Culture, Communication, and Technology with a certificate in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.


September 14
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Georgetown University-The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (ICC 241)