Media Mill Gazette 25

Conferences, open data and sharing resources, every genre of music mapped and hacking on a train!

** Hyper local Data Conference 6th and 7th November. (

Tickets are now available for a free conference in November ( . I’m in the process of updating the speakers there’ll be more of a push towards the end of the week. At the moment, as well as input from the MediaMill project partners, we’ll have contributions from well known hyperlocals (who are alsp data savvy) On the white ( and the Bristol Cable ( . Data journalism start-up Urbs London ( and Trinity Mirror’s Data unit giving some insight into the mainstream use of data and content. We’re adding more but I don’t want to overload the days with speakers and lose the chance to network, share and discuss. Any help spreading the news would be appreciated.


** Are There Really Any Monetization Opportunities Around Open Data And APIs? (

An interesting article that surfaces some of the inherent assumptions and issues around the money to be made being a third-party cleaner and provider of open data.

** London boroughs back common standards-led data approach (

“Ensuring the wider availability of open standards and common platforms will be vital to ensure local authorities are better able to engage in collaborative and shared service technology and data initiatives when opportunities arise”

** EVENT: How can we measure the open data landscape and improve the quality of data? (

The OpenDataMonitor ( project are holding an event on the 5th October in London that aims to answer that question. Might be an ‘academic’ question but there could be some useful insight especially as one of the speakers is Dr Elena Simperl from the University of Southampton. They are one of the delivery partners on ODINE ( – who have cash as well as insight to offer.
Here’s an interesting idea which includes York City Council as one of the sponsors ( .It’s “An unforgettable experience where the world’s most skillful programmers, designers and entrepreneurs will be selected to create unique apps, websites and software whilst on an immersive first class journey across top technology ecosystems in Europe!” I’m assuming they’ll be bringing their own wifi!

** Why are the media not part of the open data conversation? (

An interesting article, peppered with some good examples, of open data with an international development focus. But the question is one that I think is worth asking in a broader sense. How much of data journalism is open data journalism and what are journalist doing to promote the concept in terms of encouraging people to engage and also open their own data?

** I Know Where You Were Last Summer: London’s public bike data is telling everyone where you’ve been (

This is an old article but one that’s worth a read. I picked up the link from a reflection on data governance, smart-cities and open-data on the OpenDataSoft blog ( . Not new concerns but always worth taking a moment to ponder, especially as the fund-first think later momentum builds round IoT and smart cities.

** Inside CORRECT!V, Germany’s non-profit investigative data newsroom (

CORRECT!V, is Germany’s only non-profit investigative data newsroom. Inspired by outfits like ProPublica ( Mediapart ( and Newstapa ( . It’s an interesting model and one that could (and if oufits like the detail data are anything to go by, can work at a community level.

** Public Goods: Should Government Be A Broker? (

This is the second part of a series of that look at the “role of social value in the way our social and economic resources are allocated” and it focuses on local government resources exploring ideas of aggregation and personalization. It’s an interesting take that highlights the role tech and data (open) could play.

** Unveiling Comma Chameleon (

The ODI (as part of their internship program) has created a tool aimed at a user who “works with data, needs to publish it in an approved format and would like an app that makes editing and publishing a RFC compliant CSV file ( as painless as possible”. Those familiar with CSV lint will recognise the features but the blog post is worth a read for the insight into the design process. But really, forget about actually coding of the thing, The name alone is worthy of deepest respect!

** Why hyperlocal should be shaping your marketing strategies… now (

The promise of better marketing through data is a permanent discussion among marketers so its no surprise that terms like hyperlocal are drifting into the lexicon. I thinks its worth hyperlocals (community media providers) keeping an eye on this stuff. Its not like they aren’t already in the space and no more or less capable of exploiting or understanding that market.

** Free Smart cities course to launch (

“A free six-week course on smart cities is to launch this month from The Open University and MK:Smart ( , the £16 million smart city initiative led by a partnership including Milton Keynes Council” Interesting move by MK council. You can register at

** Every Noise at once (

Here’s a glorious project to algorithmically-generate a readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space. In other words a great list of music genres you can click on and hear samples of. Some of you can kiss goodbye to an afternoon! h/t to the ever interesting DataLab blog at the World Bank (

** Mapping Together (

Those of you in York may have seen a higher proportion of people with maps last week. It turns out the British Cartographic Society ( (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers ( (SoC) got together for a conference there last week. This blog post offers a nice round up and, for a prize winning Poldark map!

** Can Open Data Drive Innovative Healthcare? (

Healthcare is one of the those areas for data that, if it was mapped, could be best labeled ‘here be dragons’. This article does a good job of outlining the issues. The challenge of private, public and open is one that isn’t exclusive to health but I get the impression its the area where some of the lines are beginning to be drawn most clearly- the new consultation on the role of the National Data Guardian for health and social care ( for example.

** The PolicyViz Podcast (

It’s US focused but the content is nearly always interesting. It covers stuff around data journalism, open government and open data and can be a bit ‘geeky’. But if you like your data open and government then there will always be something that resonates. If you like this, you’ll also like the Partially Derivative podcast ( .

** Personalising climate change through open data and apps (

An interesting overview of how open data is helping feed a push towards more environmental engagement.