Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
Jonathan Stray is a computational journalist at Columbia University, where he teaches the dual master’s degree in computer science and journalism and leads the development of Workbench, an integrated platform for data journalism. He has contributed to the New York Times, the Atlantic, Wired, Foreign Policy, and ProPublica. He was formerly an editor at the Associated Press, a reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.