News Applications Developer
Dan Nguyen was a news application developer at ProPublica. He was lead developer on several of ProPublica’s most complex news applications, including the Bailout Tracker and (Stimulus) Recovery Tracker.
For the “Dollars for Docs” project, Nguyen developed software to collect the drug company payment records and cross-referenced them against physician names in federal and state databases. He also developed the publicly searchable database for the payment records and wrote a series of guides to teach his data-gathering techniques to other journalists and researchers.
Previously, Dan worked as a reporter, web developer and multimedia producer for the Sacramento Bee and sacbee.com. His work on multimedia projects won awards from Editor and Publisher and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
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An update of ProPublica's Dollars for Docs database includes more than $760 million in payments from 12 pharmaceutical companies to physicians and other health-care providers for consulting, speaking, research and expenses.
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A series of technical and programming tutorials on how scraped, parsed, and organized data for "Dollars for Docs."
A series of programming and technical guides on how we collected data for Dollars for Docs.
Public records, as a programming challenge, in our Dollars for Docs project.
Dollars for Docs Data Guide: A tutorial on several methods to convert PDFs to spreadsheets.
How to read data from Flash-based websites, part of our data-scraping guide for Dollars for Docs.
How to use the Google Refine application to make sense of imperfectly recorded data.
Dollars for Docs Data Guide: A tutorial on scraping HTML from websites.
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