MediaMill Gazette 63

3dMaps, Hodor and what will happen to our data if we leave the EU.

Media Mill project Partners HEBE works in Leeds have been hard at work on series about cycling on The City Talking. It’s a great article and there is a lovely documentary film too. But for the viz people there are also some cracking renders built using data from Leeds Data Mill, NASA, Ordnance Survey, and the Environment agency.

Hack the Local: as it happened
Last weekend Cardiff Uni hosted a Hack the Local event looking at local data. There were some interesting project ideas including the very promisisngHODOR – hyperlocal open data resource.

Data breadlines and data brawls
This extract from Winning with Data by Wiley describes a dystopian world of data have nots and waring factions in companies to set the scene for the promised land of a world informed by data – too cynical?

Data Journalism Awards 2016: what the winners tell us about the state of the data nation
Google’s Simon Rogers looks at the recent Data Journalism awards and identifies key points. One point is that “Open data is still vital”. According to Rogers “The best data journalism is still the most open and transparent” The winner, La Nacion is a brilliant example of this. But looking at the shortlist the idea of open data is more often about the data they use and not the results.

The Office of Creative Research, a New York data lab, has a lot to teach journalists
We know that the NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics gets a lot of love, especially from smart city advocates, but here’s another data lab in NYC,  The Office for Creative Research, that has some members from the New York Times’ recently shuttered R&D Lab. There work is pretty impressive including a visualization of the influence of Einstein’s theory of relativity – so they do the easy stuff!

Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice
Lying with stats is one thing (see most of the EU debate) but according to this article worse is “the widespread instances of claims made about scientific hypotheses based on well-intentioned yet faulty statistical reasoning”. They have tips on how to avoid.

Health journalism has a serious evidence problem. Here’s a plan to save it.
In similar territory to the previous link, this vox article questions the uncritical use of data in health reporting – and what to do about it.

Who’ll guard your personal data post-Brexit?
The register take a look at what might happen if we leave the EU and the implications on Data protection and data use. In particular the implications if the UK move away from the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (not good!). On a related note, some are suggesting the UK will need a minimum of 7,000 Data Protection Officers before GDPR kicks in . Although the sales pitch in the article tempers the claim there will clearly be implications both ways.

ParaText: CSV parsing at 2.5 GB per second
A system that claims to use ‘underused bandwidth in the IO of storage systems’ to process data.

The definitive data journalism resources list
From the wonderfully titled Data Journalism for Wannabes, an admirably short list of accessible tools and tutorials for data journalism.

imin’s Journey: Innovation, Open Data, and Physical Activity
imin started as an app to book and share physical activities. It’s now an open activity data intermediary. The article is a really interesting overview of how the company has developed. I know the idea that you Pivot, don’t jump to a new vision, which seems to have infomred their thinking will resonate with some of you.

Exclusive: How the Guardian online is breaking news with real-time big data analytics
A nice deep dive into the way the Guardian uses data to inform newsroom practice.