MediaMill Gazette 62

Offices of data analysis, dashboards and the perils of extracting business rates data from local councils.

Offices of Data Analytics – from rhetoric to reality
Nesta is launching a programme (in partnership with the GLA and others) to see whether Eddie Copelands call for Offices of Data Analysis will deliver on the potential of  informing policy, city strategy and public service delivery. One to watch.

Expose georeferenced Socrata datasets as a Layar AR overlay
Leigh Dodds (of BathHacked) has created a way of putting data from Socrata into Augmented reality app Layar. Nice!

Real-time dashboards considered harmful
Walk into Basecamp and you won’t see a real time dashboard “- It’s because real-time dashboards are often more harmful than they are beneficial.”

Open Data 2.0
“After the initial phase of publishing as many datasets possible, attention is now shifting to the actual use of open data and the value that can be created” Insights from the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

Hyperlocal news dashboards
Can dashboards offer a framework to bring together hyperlocal data and storytelling for smart communities not just smart cities?

100 years of data visualisation best practise
Andy Cotgreave (@acotgreave), social content manager at Tableau has put together a Tumblr to celebrate 100 years since the publication of Willard C Brinton’s data visualisation best practise. A worthwhile reminder of how ahead of its time it was.

Applying data-driven style to remote data sources
A great tutorial that explains how to pull data from GitHubDropbox, and Google Sheets and use it as a data layer on a map.

How to buy data for your business
Data tool makers Import.io take a look at the ways to put a data into your business. When they sat buy data – think more a data capacity – a more useful article than the headline suggests.

Cisco to open IoT and smart city startup innovation centre in Manchester
“The centre will be set up with the Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) made up from the city’s two main universities and nearby councils, and private company Bruntwood Ltd. The centre derives its name, the Mi-IDEA (Manchester Inspired-Innovation Digital Enterprise Alliance) from the partnership.”

7 lessons from BuzzFeed’s ‘FOIA-friendly newsroom’
It’s US based but an interesting read. The bias in ‘data journalism’ towards FOI rather than open data is an interesting one. Perhaps FOIA feels more like digging under rocks.

Why the D.C. government just publicly posted every D.C. voter’s address online
More news from across the pond about the whole DC voter register (names, addresses and political affiliations) appearing online. So far so WTF! But the author makes an interesting turn towards open data and security.

Helsinki’s Data Journalism, Transparency and Scoops
Popping over from the US to Helsinki for this look at how daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat do data journalism.

Study: PDF, HTML files dominate Data.gov
A study shows that US open data site Data.gov heavily relies on HTML and PDF. Shock!

Comment: Open data, crime and punishment – the perplexing pursuit of business rates
(Gentle irony alert here) The ODI move into data journalism with a piece on the frustrations of using the FOI act to get data on empty properties and hight street businesses from local authorities. Single datasets of business ratepayer information are whats needed.  A good piece.

Making Open Data work for Open Source Software
“perhaps a solution might be to create a new community organisation— perhaps a kind of Apache Foundation for data — whose sole purpose is to figure out the data-intensive direction of prominent software projects and incubate them: generating innovative new data acquisition strategies, figuring out funding and making the resulting datasets free to use by anyone.”

Getting Google and Publishers to Share Love — and Data
It’s a slightly different reading of data from the usual open government data stuff…well known media commentator Jeff Jarvis who says embrace the plaforms that feel like competition and focus on data Instead “information about people — their interests and behaviors — that helps us build relationships of relevance of value with them.”

Whitehall’s digital wizard
A profile of Mike Bracken of one time government chief data officer.

‘What Works Cities’ network uses Slack to trade open data ideas
News this week that 12 More Cities are being added to the What Works Cities initiative, which aims to help U.S. midsize cities better utilize data to drive decision-making and improve transparency. This article gives a bit of insight into the way they use slack to share best practice. There’s also a new toolkit available from the project