About the Author
Jacqueline Kazil is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Disaster Response and Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Jackie is a software developer passionate about human behavior and open data. Most recently, she worked for CACI, where she was lead developer on a contract at The Library of Congress, working on projects such as Chronicling America and Congress.gov. Previously, Jackie worked for The Washington Post on news-driven data applications—including the notable Top Secret America series, which received multiple awards including the 2010 George Polk Award for Journalism and was a SXSW Finalist for Technical Achievement. She has experience in software development using best practices, data analysis, modeling and simulation, social network analysis, data handling, data storage, mapping, and geospatial analysis. She is also active in open-source community development. She founded PyLadies DC and Geo DC. She also runs Django District and assists with DC Python. Jackie received her MA in Convergence Journalism from the University of Missouri, and she is currently working on her PhD in Computational Social Science at George Mason University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their three rescued dogs.
Katharine Jarmul is a Python developer who enjoys data analysis and acquisition, web scraping, teaching Python and all things Unix. She has worked at small and large start ups before starting her consulting career overseas. Originally from Los Angeles, she learned Python while working at the Washington Post in 2008. As one of the founders of PyLadies (http://pyladies.org/), Katharine hopes to promote diversity in Python and other open source languages through education and training. She has led numerous workshops and tutorials ranging from beginner to advanced topics in Python. For more information on upcoming trainings, reach out to her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/kjam) or her her web site (http://kjamistan.com/).