** OPEN DATA INCUBATOR CALL – UP TO €100,000 AVAILABLE (http://opendataincubator.eu/odine-call-announcement/)
The ODI (not that one) is a EU funded open data project and they’ve put out a call. They say (my emphasis) “We are accepting applications from SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) working with open data from 1 May 2015 to 31 August 2016. New applications will be assessed every two months by a panel of external reviewers. Selected projects will run for up to six months.”
I’ve been giving some thought to dissemination activity and those at the project review will know that I (http://digidickinson.net/2015/05/21/hyperlocal-data-journalism-conference-if-youll-come-ill-build-it/) ‘ve been canvassing opinion on a mini-conference/event looking at hyperlocal, open data and journalism. (http://digidickinson.net/2015/05/21/hyperlocal-data-journalism-conference-if-youll-come-ill-build-it/) Support seems to be good so I’m looking at 6/7th Nov. Obviously its a chance to get the project front and centre. It’s also chance to pull in people and orgs that might be interesting. I’m looking at a something semi-structured with an emphasis, on Saturday in particular, on practical sessions. Any suggestions on activities, people etc welcome.
** LEEDS GOVJAM ROUNDUPS
Last week was Leeds GovJam, which focused on service design. There’s are nice follow up blog posts from Simon Wilson (http://www.ermlikeyeah.com/leeds-govjam-2015-in-just-three-points/) , Kathryn Grace (https://iamkathryngrace.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/leeds-govjam-2015/) and ODi Leeds (http://leeds.theodi.org/2015/06/12/leeds-gov-jam-2015/) which capture the design orientation and projects nicely.
** CROWDSOURCING OPEN DATA IDEAS IN SCOTLAND (http://blogs.scotland.gov.uk/digitalengagement/2015/06/07/crowdsourcing-ideas-for-scottish-public-service-open-data/)
The Scottish government are asking what data could and should be opened up and what people could do with it using an online open data ideas generator (http://ideas.scotland.gov.uk/bo4wt9fenk) . It’s an interesting idea and one that makes use of dialogue-app (http:// http://www.dialogue-app.com/) – an open source platform for stakeholder engagement that’s saved customers “over £500m”
** NOMINEES FOR ODI OPEN DATA AWARDS (http://awards.theodi.org/2015-shortlist/)
The ODI have released the shortlist for their Open Data Awards. The catagories throw up some weel known names and some interesting scales. In the open data publishers category you get big names like the Land Registry, The environment agency, Thompson Reuters and then local data portal Bath Hacked (http://www.bathhacked.org) .
** INDEX OF UK TRANSPORT DATA PUBLISHED (http://imdata.co.uk/)
imdata published by the government-backed Transport Systems Catapult (http://www.techworld.com/news/apps/uk-government-opens-imovation-centre-make-transport-smarter-3524637/) claims to collect all the sources of transport related data in one place. Leeds Data Mill has two data sets in there – car parks and traffic accidents. Bizarrely it’s not searchable but I guess you can’t have everything.
** THE FOUNDATION FOR AN OPEN SOURCE CITY (http://theopensourcecity.com/)
Jason Hibbets is project manager at Opensource.com and a passionate open source and open city advocate. So its no surprise that his book looks at how open source underpins open cities. It’s also no surprise that it’s free. Worth a look. This podcast featuring Hibbets, is also worth a listen (https://www.mixcloud.com/InnovateRaleigh/why-open-data-isnt-just-for-developers-jason-hibbets-of-red-hat-reid-serozi-of-socrata/) to get more insight into some of the ideas that he worked on for OpenRaleigh
The EU have a 4 million Euro project based on open data and cities called The Citadel doing, at an EU level, what datamill and others are trying to do at a local level. There are some interesting tools there and discussion which features UK players. Opensource.com (you know when you find a website and spend a while exploring…) have a good round up of research around open portal take up and other issues which is worth a look. (http://opensource.com/government/15/6/citadel-open-government-data-results)
** DATA:THE BLACK GOLD OF SMART CITIES (http://www.techcityinsider.net/data-the-black-gold-of-smart-cities/)
I like this post for no other reason than if they had put Big at the start it would have won my data buzzwword bingo for the week.
** NYSTATE LAUNCH OPEN WEB PORTAL (http://opensource.com/government/15/6/freedom-of-information-open-data)
Talking of opensource.com, they (along with much of social media) are quite excited about NYState’s new open portal. They like the developers section (https://data.ny.gov/developers) in particular. I was struck by how ‘hyperlocal’ it feels.
** NEW NEWSPAPER FOR WEST LEEDS (http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/2015/06/duo-launches-new-leeds-hyperlocal-website-and-newspaper/#sthash.8K6E6WmE.dpuf)
Prolific North are reporting that well known hyperlocal blogger John Baron and The Culture Vulture founder Emma Bearman are looking for support to start a newspaper covering West Leeds
“West Leeds is teeming with interesting people, happenings, stories and history and we’re keen to help those who want to unearth stories, get involved and develop a readership for this fantastic part of Leeds.
“We’re hoping to put some training together too so, no matter what your background or skills, if you’ve got the slightest desire to get involved, do come along and help us shape the future success of West Leeds Life.”
** THIS BRILLIANT CYCLING APP IS HELPING A CITY PLAN NEW BIKE PATHS #BIGDATA #SOCIALDATA (http://www.mo-data.com/this-brilliant-cycling-app-is-helping-a-city-plan-new-bike-paths-bigdata-socialdata)
** IBM BET ON OPEN SOURCE BIG DATA PLATFORM (http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/15/ibm-pours-researchers-and-resources-into-apache-spark-project/)
Spark is an open source distributed computing platform. But IBM calls it “the most important new open source project in a decade.”. Important enough to put 3,500 IBM researchers and developers to work on Spark-related projects at over 12 labs around the world. It may be ‘big data’ and it’s the machine learning that gets everyone excited, being open source and playing nicely with R, Python, amazon S3 and other open data faves, it brings big infrastructure into the reach of small data
** OPEN DATA A-HA! (http://opendata-aha.net/)
Some of you will know Mark Braggins from his work with Hampshire hub. He’s just started a “A ‘thinking aloud’ site, which aims to bring together stories and case studies about open data.” Worth keeping an eye on.
** EXPLORING THE SEVEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DATA STORY (http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2015/06/exploring-the-7-different-types-of-data-stories/)
A nice piece on the MediaShift blog that outlines typologies for data stories. It’s useful in that the illustrations are all ‘civic’ and, if you turn them on their head, make for interesting questions about motivations for people to engage. i.e. why would people want to drill down? Who has been around to see change over time?
** WHY OPEN DATA SHOULD BE CENTRAL TO FIFA REFORM (http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/jun/12/open-data-central-fifa-reform#img-1)
** GLOBAL NEWS CONSUMER RESEARCH REPORT (http://digitalnewsreport.org/)
The Reuters institute have released their news Report for this year. The research shows a “surge in the use of mobile for news, a decline in the desktop internet and significant growth in video news consumption online” It’s worth a look as an insight into news consumption habits, especially when you read it next to the Ofcom report from a few weeks back. There is also a rather nice interactive section where you can play with the results (http://digitalnewsreport.org/interactive/ ) .