MediaMill Gazette 48

Data Journalism, Data Exchanges, making money from open data and coloured pencils.

Freedom of information commission and Open data. 

After last week’s release of the FOI commissions report, I had a look through to see what might cross over with the MediaMill’s areas of interest.  My take away was that Data Portals might have more of a role to play, especially publishing the results of FOI requests. But there’s plenty more in there – 20days should mean 20 days, more clarity on vexatious requests, less levels of appeal.

More reaction

Could smart transport be a money-maker for local councils?
“We had this wealth of data that we could start selling. Before we’ve given it for free but we need to start thinking outside of the box a little bit.” So says David Aimson, Project Manager at Buckinghamshire County Council who are using a new and improved data system and their ONEtransport project (funded in part by InnovateUK) to explore monetising their data.

City Data Exchange
A few weeks ago (MM45) I shared a piece by Eddie Copeland on why it was time to say goodbye to the Open data Portal. He was calling for a more market driven view. So this project for Copenhagen’s City Data Exchange really jumped out, especially this quote – “The City Data Exchange will allow for the sale, purchase and sharing of a wide variety of data from multiple sources between all types of users in a city – citizens, city government, businesses”

London needs a London Office of Data Analytics
Speaking of Eddie. He’s been busy, this time with an idea of an office of data analytics for London, in a similar vein to The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics in New York City. It’s an interesting proposal. It echoes the Data market idea he mooted above.

Data journalism matters more now than ever before
So says Simon Rogers, all round data-J superstar. The argument – Data Journalism is making an impact which makes it, well, journalism.

The Digital Catapult is looking for data scientists, startups and innovators to collaborate on their Data City | Data Nation project. You can apply for a space on one of their Sandbox events for prizes and networking. The closing date for this application is 11 March 2016.

10 Data Journalists to Follow on Tableau Public
An interesting list that’s part of their Feb Data Journalism Month themed coverage. 

A great visualization which meant I got to spend a little time browsing the Data is Beautiful subreddit. It seems they’ve decided to ‘cut back’ on political posting. Which seems to be well received but I’m not sure what’s going to happen as the US election ramps up

Common mistakes journalists make when using statistics
A few people picking up on this post. It’s a good getting started and along with Carla’s other post Basic maths for data journalists to find stories in spreadsheets and resources like the Royal Statistical society’s numbers for journalists course part of a growing recognition that numbers are still hard for journalists.

NICAR 2016 Slides, Links & Tutorials 
The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR is what used to call Data Journalism) has an annual conference which is a goldmine for tips, tricks and insights. You’d think it would be heavy on the political but expect more how to do this in Python or R.  This ongoing roundup from Chrys Wu is worth a look.

Some things I learned about data-driven storytelling in Schloss Dagstuhl
The I is not me, it’s Moritz Stefaner who does Data Visualization at Truth and Beauty. The upshot is that, despite its slippy nature, He is learning to love the word storytelling.

Improving UK voter registration
“It is every government’s responsibility to ensure voter registration works. By opening up aggregated data and building open APIs, government can improve how it works with the existing network of voter registration campaigns, civic technology organisations and local authorities and make things better.”

And Finally, a different take on the PDF and open data issue