When did we stop saying Coronavirus and start saying COVID? How many extra Waitrose branches in Leave areas would reverse the Brexit vote? When was the calmest era in recent UK political discourse? How long do data scientists stick at their jobs for? Believe it or not, you can get data and work it to answer these questions for free.

You just need to know how to extract it from the web (screen scrape or from an API) and clean it up a bit. How do you do this? Python!

My talk will be a whistlestop tour of how Python – through its available libraries for exploratory data analysis, web scraping, working with APIs and cleaning up textual data for analysis – can help you turn your shower thoughts or wacky questions into a full-blown data viz project.

Technical Level: Introductory level/students (some technical knowledge needed)