MediaMill Gazette 64

Brexit, football, open data journalism and more.

How the United Kingdom voted on Thursday… and why
Lord Ashcroft of Lord Ashcroft polls gives the low down (and the data) on the who of the brexit campaign. You can also get results data from the Electoral Commission. There’s an interesting poll of polls over at from NatCen Social Research. Finnaly a piece on Why Open Data is key to teach democracy and citizenship, which makes the case for open data’s role in better media literacy.

Dare to Solve: Roadworks Contest
InnovateUK, Staffordshire County Council (and their dataKiln site), Amey, Elgin have joined forces for a £10,000 competition to find “digital solutions that help reduce the pain of roadworks for communities, commuters and businesses at a local level by helping them to understand, plan around and measure the impacts of street works.”  Deadline is 15th July. As a side note I would have liked to have seen a little more information about underlying IP for this competition in the guidance.

After the Watershed
Mark Braggins offers a really nice ‘now the dust has settled” rundown of all the pitches and action from  Open Data Camp2 including docs from the sessions.

Speaking of pitches (see what I did there!) Do you want to “hack some of the most exclusive data in football and help us understand player performance in brand new ways?” Then get your application in to Manchester City FC’s hack events. Deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 11th July

The 88 goals of the Euro on our map
On the (maybe still a bit raw) subject of football this nice mix of data and video from Radio Television Suisse. Pick a team and click a goal and you can watch a video clip of the goal itself. Built with Tableau.

The geography of London football
A great viz and stories behind the Football clubs of London from the fascinating “histor­ically inclined” Hidden London

How does your councillor’s attendance record stack up?
A nice bit of data driven journalism from the Cambrian TImes that maps local councillor’s attendance using CartoDB. A nice bit of local data journalism.

Welsh local authority comparison site opens. 
Sticking to Wales for a moment. A new site using open data from the welsh government is offering “ew ways of viewing the relative performance of your Local Authority and it’s key areas of service delivery”. Its essentially a proof of concept for an open data product called inphase which looks like it started life as a BI product. An interesting move but I wonder just how big the market is here.

ODI Cardiff
Both of those stories came out the community growing around open data in Wales. Diolch! In particular the ODI node in Cardiff based out of That and the recent Hack the local shows there’s some interesting civically motivated stuff happening there.


Beware Visulisations…
In other Brexit related news this map has been doing the rounds. It claims to show a direct correlation between leave votes and BSE. Except of course it doesn’t. It’s a referendum vote map turned greyscale and the key changed! (H/T William Goodchild)

BANES Emergency Safety Equipment
Bath Hacked have been mapping the location of Defibrillators and river rescue cabinets using data from Banes Council.

Environment agency publish vertical aerial photography data 
Apparently the Environment agency have exceeded their target of 1,500 datasets by publishing 1,932. Good for them. It includes this latest release of Vertical Aerial Photography data.

Visualizing the Crisis
The Università IUAV di Venezia held a series of labs as part of their MA Information Design Laboratory established as an ongoing, real-time data-visualisation attempt to track and explain the global financial crisis”. The result was a website and some beautiful print bulletins all documented and the data available via Github. Well worth a look.

How open is open data journalism?
In last weeks newsletter I picked out a post by Google’s Simon Rogers on the Data Journalism Awards 2016. I had a think about what he said, in particular about open data and wrote down some thoughts.

How we made a VR data visualization
Simon has also been busy talking about how Google did Data Visulisation in VR for their Brexit data. At the end of the article he also notes that you can “hear more about using VR in data journalism in this interview with Partially Derivative. And  Partially Derivative also have a very good interview with data visualization guru Alberto Cairo

GSOH – Great Sense of Home!
A new site from Leeds based Fish Perculator designed to “help you find that perfect place to live” Created as part of the Urban Sustainable Development Lab, for Leeds City Council it uses data from the Leeds Data Mill to create a dating site for people and places. A nice idea but I could do without the login demand after the first question.

How to address privacy concerns when opening up data?
A new report from the European open data portal that building on a  “series of interviews and further assessment of the new General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR), we explore and advise on how governments can publish their data while ensuring the privacy of their citizens.”

A little late for fathers day but this tickled me when I saw it .(H/T ShitAcademicsSay)