Media Mill Gazette 17

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PAVING THE WAY FOR GENERATION OPEN (http://theodi.org/news/generation-open-data-benefit-tim-berners-lee-nigel-shadbolt?utm_content=buffer3a3d3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

After the slightly ambiguous data spectrum diagram last week, Nigel Shadbolt provides a much more condensed idea of what the spectrum of open data really means in this post ODI awards awards roundup. It’s a long read but an interesting one for those interested in open data business models. As ODI CEO Gavin Starks puts it.
“It’s exactly the same strategy that Apple (http://www.apple.com/uk/shop?afid=p238%7CsaOVFdZd6-dc_mtid_187079nc38483_pcrid_78816792493_&cid=aos-uk-kwg-brand-slid-) and Google (https://play.google.com/store/apps?utm_source=emea_Med&utm_medium=hasem&utm_content=Apr2815&utm_campaign=Evergreen&pcampaignid=MKT-EG-emea-uk-all-Med-hasem-ap-Evergreen-Apr2815-1%2EHASEM_kwid_43700007009447167&gclid=CJCq05ry-sYCFXEotAodAYYP3g&gclsrc=ds#/now) used to build their app stores. If you commoditise this layer of access, the data will enable others to build completely new products and services on top. Once that is established you have a value chain. Once you have a value chain you have an economy built on that data.”
Those who enjoyed the Chris Froome data link last week might find this piece from the ODI, which manages to lever the spectrum in as well, a more engaging application. (http://theodi.org/blog/chris-froomes-tour-de-france-heart-rate-closed-shared-or-open-data?utm_content=bufferc0e86&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

** WHY GOVERNMENTS SHUN OPEN DATA (http://datascience.co.ke/why-governments-shun-the-open-data-movement)

The nature of the Media Mill project means that the international dimension of open data gets less of an outing here. So this post on the role open data has in fighting corruption might seem a bit off topic. But there’s an ideological turn in open data that draws heavily on the anti-corruption/development agenda and this post challenges the view well.

** THE PROGRESSIVE IDEALS BEHIND OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA ARE BEING USED TO FURTHER INTERESTS OF THE NEOLIBERAL STATE. (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/10/02/open-government-data-and-the-neoliberal-state/)

Or, in other words if we’re not careful the open government agenda might be a way of opening up public services to a dangerous level of marketisation. Or “we cannot make assumptions about the benefits of ‘openness’”. It’s a political view but, like the article on the above, makes a point that challenges the orthodoxy.

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THE UK ECONOMY AT A GLANCE (http://ig.ft.com/sites/uk/economic-dashboard/)

A dashboard of the whole UK economy! A nice product from the FT.

** OS GEOVATION CHALLENGE CLOSING DATE KLAXON! (https://www.geovation.org.uk/kick-start-start-applications-closing-soon-geovation-programme/)

I’d missed this (sorry) when it came round but the OS and their Geovation hub innovation programme deadline is at the end of the month. There are 8 spaces for the program which:

“offers up to £20,000 worth of funding, expert technical help and business shaping advice – available for a year for exceptional developers, innovators and entrepreneurs , enabling you to accelerate your location data start up idea”

** UK & FRANCE OPEN DATA TASK FORCE (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-boost-for-digital-economy)

The UK and France have been sharing their experiences of open government data for a little while and now George Osborne and French economy minister Emmanuel Macron have unveiled the plans “with a claim that it could provide the basis for up to €60 billion (£42 million) in economic growth across the EU.” It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I know that the take up of open data by journalists in France is different (less) to the uk but the aim to “establish a set of principles for improving SMEs’ use of data and data science to develop new services/compete with larger players” suggests some commercial opportunities on the horizon.

** DOES OPEN DATA BUILD TRUST? (https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/does-open-data-build-trust-49ee4d400ba)

According to , Presidential Innovation Fellow Denice Ross it does. This account of an open data hackathon in New Orleans makes for a compelling narrative for trust. For me it makes for an even more compelling argument for the need for collaboration. Read the story and imagine Demond Fortenberry even knowing that data existed without civic engagement.

** WHY I DITCHED MY FITBIT AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR ANALYTICS (http://www.computerworld.com/article/2951751/personal-technology/why-i-ditched-my-fitbit-and-what-this-means-for-analytics.html) (and Dashboards)

Not me, although I do have one. No, this is Andy Cotgreave from Computing World who ponders how his Fitbit dashboard began to lose it’s attraction and what that means for data dashboards in general. A good read.

** THE UK’S LOCAL PRINT PRESS IS STILL DECLINING – BUT ARE THERE VIABLE ALTERNATIVES? (http://www.themediabriefing.com/article/local-print-press-is-still-declining-but-what-could-be-their-viable-alternatives)

The data looks thorough and (if you pick through the pretty shallow analysis and the conflation of a media orgs regional site with hyperlocal), this is a useful snapshot of general issues facing local journalism.

** HYPERLOCALIANS (OR HOW TO MAKE JOURNALISM PAY) (http://blinkingti.me/2015/07/25/hyperlocalians-or-how-to-make-journalism-pay/)

Thinking about new ways to quantify and release the value in hyperlocals

** BUILDING A USER-CENTRIC CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT THROUGH DEMAND-DRIVEN OPEN DATA (https://www.techwire.net/building-a-user-centric-california-government-through-demand-driven-open-data/)

The idea that open data should be demand driven in something that’s baked into the local government transparency code. So, although it’s US focussed this post caught my attention. It’s the first time I’ve seen “demand driven” defined and formulated in such a way.

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NEW NEET SCORECARD (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scorecards-launched-to-help-councils-reduce-young-people-neet)

The government announced the general rollout of data on those Not in education, employment or training (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/447940/2014-NEET-Scorecard-underlying-data.csv/preview) . I’m not sure the scorecard description will mean a lot outside of whitehall but the implication is clear. I know a lot of open data people in the third sector that learn a lot from figures like this. To put the ball firmly in the local government open data court is, interesting.

** Visualisation and more

A really nice visualisation of 100 years of the Tour (in French but no less fun), code dependencies in space, book in Bristol Libraires

http://gizmodo.com/fly-through-a-world-of-software-like-its-the-universe-1719684023
http://100ansdetour.fr/

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-07/15/reify-digital-totem-kickstarter

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