MediaMill Gazette 60

Hexmaps, hackevents and where does the UK export most human hair

How the financial times built a story on invasive insects that buzzes with interactivity
A look at how the FT crunched lots of geo data to tell a story about invasive bugs. Really good insight into the mechanics of everything from data to making animations in this great insight piece.

EVENT:Journalism students and software developers launch Hack the Local hackathon
Cardiff University are holding their Hack the Local event on 11/ 12 June 2016 looking to build new apps and platforms based around local news challenges.Register on Eventbrite

Smart city talk is cheap, but who will pay the bill?
“While seemingly every major metropolis is keen to cozy up to the smart city moniker, many are leery of investing the big bucks until tangible benefits become clearer.”

Open Government Data: Required. Reactive. Responsive
I take a look at three ‘modes’ of open data release by government.

ODI: One year on from the general election: what does the UK data landscape look like?
“A year on from the UK general election, ODI Head of Policy Ellen Broad revisits last year’s ‘Open data roadmap for the UK’ and reflects on what has been achieved, key challenges that remain and recommendations for strengthening our data infrastructure”

I got interviewed about the MediaMill project and hyperlocal data journalism at theNordic Data Journalism Conference in April 2016.

EU referendum Dashboards.
You wait all year for an EU referendum dahsboard and then two crop up at the same time. One from social data intelligence company Talkwalker the otherfrom the Press Association. The latter getting some oomph from Twitter.

Hex maps of Leeds Wards

Twitter threw up a nice reminder ofStuart Lowes hex map of Leeds wards which has popped up with a map of Home fire safety checks 2015-6 from Leeds data mill.  With code on github



Your City Needs a Local Data Intermediary Now
This article makes the case for the vital role that data intermediaries play. I think they are talking about users rather than intermediaries but there’s a strong case here.

The observatory of economic complexity
Don’t let the title put you off. MIT’s  visualization engine for international trade data is a joy to play with. I now know that 27% of our exports of human hair in 2014 went to the US! 

Making infographics using R and Inkscape
A nice piece that looks at the process of generating a chart in R and then using an illustration package to make them fancy. It’s as much about being ok with that from a data point of view as it is the process

Interview: Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google
The Partially Derivative podcast interviews data journalism superstar Simon Rogers.