Conferences, guides and a chance to inform waste service strategy.
ODI SUMMIT LOOKING FOR SPEAKERS (http://summit.theodi.org/call-for-speakers/?ct=t(ODI_Summit_2015_Dom_s_outreach_6_18_2015)&goal=0_548b4d0646-f918c1555e-101173913)
The ODI are beginning to publisice their November Summit with a call for contributions. I’m wondering if Media Mill would could make an interesting contribution. What do people think?
** HYPERLOCAL DATA JOURNALISM CONFERENCE 6th AND 7th NOVEMBER
Hot on the heels of the ODI summit will hopefully be the conference I’m planning. Dates have now been announced and I’m asking people what and who they’d like to see at the event. If you could share with your contacts it would be really helpful.
There’s a post with a survey at wp.me/p38Dr3-W3 (http://t.co/x1VYWjSdsm)
** #CITYDATA (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leedsdatacity%20OR%20%23citydata&src=typd)
Nice to see love for the data dashboard and data in general at the citydata event last week.
** OPEN DATA MAP FOR GREATER MANCHESTER (http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/gm-open-data-infrastructure-map-launched/)
A really nice product from New Economy and Salford council (funded by the cabinet office). I’d like the option to download the data to be a little more visible but as a platform to browse it works well and there’s some good stuff on there beyond the usual census and deprivation indexes.
** QUARTZ RELEASE NEW CHARTBUILDER
quartz is a well known news site – very cool – and they’ve just announced an updated to their open source tool set for chart building which is available in Github (https://github.com/Quartz/Chartbuilder) . It comes off the back of their recent spinout Atlas – a kind of chart and data library/digest. (http://qz.com/434425/atlas-the-new-home-for-charts-and-data/) I know building tools are part of the DataMill dashboard so its worth cast ing an eye over the mechanics (for the geeks) and the motivation for sharing.
Quartz is what I call a MOSUC – a Media Org with a Start-Up Culture. There are plenty of them about and they tend to steer the rest of the content industry – hey, who doesn’t want to be like the cool kids. A site like Atlas, that specialises in socially shareable data isn’t new (the recently closed ammp3d shows that) but it’s worth watching how this kind of thing works out.
NEW FOI AND OPEN DATA EMAIL NEWSLETTER (http://tinyletter.com/FOIDirectory)
Matt Burgess (https://twitter.com/mattburgess1) , author of FOI for Journalists has created a new email newsletter as part of his FOI directory (http://www.foi.directory/) project. It covers FOI (as you’d expect) but there’s also a good chunk of open government and transparency in there as well. It’s well worth a look.
** EVENT ON LOCAL WASTE SERVICES STANDARDS (http://www.ukauthority.com/local-digital-news-blog/entry/5449/local-digital-calls-on-local-authorities-to-feed-back-on-waste-service-digital-standard)
No, Stop. This is worth a look. Local Digital (an initiative to get Central and local government working together) have a free half-day event on 1 July in London working local authorities to help develop a common technology standard for local waste services that prevents duplication, cuts costs and improves efficiency. They say “attendees will be able to provide their input and ideas that the project should consider addressing. They will also be able to discuss opportunities to engage with the project”
** OPEN DATA AND CREATIVITY (https://opensource.com/government/15/6/open-data-creativity)
If you start a post quoting Plato’s Republic you’re setting the bar high. I’m not sure it clears it, but this article raises an interesting point about how open data has put ‘creativity’ on the agenda as an economic driver. I guess you could replace ‘creativity’ with innovation and still have the same point, but innovation is a word that erks some people. Creativity, maybe less so.
** LIDAR DATA GOES OPEN SOURCE (http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e7311d49e9ac144a359ee2a96&id=99993214be)
Much excitement this week at the announcement by the Environment agency that “From 1 September 2015 all our LIDAR data for England will become Open Data and everyone will be able to use it for free.” That means very accurate data about elevation and landscape. The benefit to insurance, geographers etc is obvious. But how it may get broader user will be an interesting case study of how open data feeds innovation. This article with some background is also worth a look (http://rapidlasso.com/2014/11/30/restricting-access-to-national-lidar-is-it-worth-it/)
** DATA SCIENCE LOVE (http://api.ning.com/files/-HoKvkav3sztc8hldGu3-ke9rmXV7HvprP3ofa7bWKMhtw-sazn3yZTbvPs6kRlDwWMMvq3OBjaha1bgViMVioz9vriKBm/bor.jpg)
Like data science? You’ll love this website. Lots on interesting articles like this round-up of tools, news and examples and cheat sheets for beginners (http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/data-science-cheat-sheet) andweekly digest (http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/weekly-digest-june-22) .
** #DATAPOWERCONF (https://twitter.com/hashtag/DataPowerConf?src=hash)
An interesting conference in Sheffield (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/datapower/keynote-abstracts) last week on all things data. It might come across as academic but even a quick scan of the hashtag shows a really nice mix of thinking and doing. Worth a browse to see what issues are being discussed.
** DATA JOURNALISM IS DEAD (OR THE NEW NORMAL)….
Dead is the new normal! Two articles on data journalism illustrate some interesting points about the structural and cultural uptake of data journalism whilst also proving that Data journalism is more the conversation than the practice. The first, the obituary, is from the NYtimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/upshot/death-to-data-journalism.html?abt=0002&abg=1) and the other,it’s the new normal, from Journalism.co.uk. (https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/data-journalism-from-specialism-to-the-new-normal-/s2/a565533/) The both ‘kind of’ make the same point. Ultimately it’s all journalism. A point that personally makes my teeth itch.
** OECD ADVICE ON DIGITAL GOVERNMENT (http://www.oecd.org/gov/public-innovation/recomhttp://www.oecd.org/gov/public-innovation/recommendation-on-digital-government-strategies.htmmendation-on-digital-government-strategies.htm)
The OECD warn that a “business as usual” approach to technology that reinforces existing internal government processes only leads to failed projects and public criticism.” They say governments need to consider “a fundamental shift from citizen-centric approaches (government anticipating the needs of citizens and businesses) to citizen-driven approaches (citizens and businesses formulating and determining their needs in partnership with governments).” Worth a scan
** CITIZEN DRIVEN INNOVATION (https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/21984/Citizen_Driven_Innovation_Full.pdf?sequence=9)
Working in partnership with citizens seems to be key to Smart cities. So this guide from the World Bank might be a helpful source of ideas and inspiration for ways to engage and interact. It’s heavily influence by the Living Labs methodology – co-creation, use engagement etc. But the examples offer some great tools and ideas that could applied in any engagement setting. Another one that’s worth a look
** GOOGLE NEWS LABS (https://newslab.withgoogle.com/)
Last week Google announced they had updated their Google trends tool to make it more realtime. At the same time they made the datasets they create when tracking trends open on Github (https://github.com/googletrends/data) . It’s part of a bigger move by Google to make more usable ‘news’ tools. It’s the big-name club at the moment and you have to see it in the light of announcements by Apple and Facebook around news. You’e also got to factor in how long anything with Labs in the name lasts at google. But its’ worth a look not least because the tools will (like the quartz example above) be driving content innovation for while.