Data Journalism, Data Exchanges, making money from open data and coloured pencils.
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.
- A round up of responses from the Open Government Network
- FOI Commission: Why has it surprised observers?
- A point by point run through –
- FOIMan takes a look –
- The freedom of information review – what charities need to know
- The cabinet veto is a big area of interest for many. Here’s a take on that in the context of the “black-spider memos”
- A graphic round up of the positives and negatives from Matt Burgess
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 CITY/DATA NATION CHALLENGE
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.
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
PDF is now the world's most popular religion. pic.twitter.com/86ZAqwXgyk
— DataStories (@LindaRegber) March 6, 2016