MediaMill Gazette 69

Hyperlocal representation, open research data concordats, pollution sensing jumpers. 

#C4CJconsultation: a round-up
Cardiff’s centre for community journalism continue to drive the discussions for plans for a body representing hyperlocal and community news organisations. This is a useful roundup of their consultation day which also included more detail on the possible role the BBC might have. 

Concordat on open research data launched
The debate about making research ‘data’ open has been raging for a while now and one that bites at the heart of what is essentially a very lucrative academic publishing machine. This ‘concordat’ outlines 10 principles to make academic data more open.  If this kind of thing is your bag then this infographic outliningthe FAIR approach. A handy insight especially for H2020 (if that’s still a thing!).

Validate personal air-pollution sensors
An interesting read from Nature which calls on “researchers to test the accuracy of low-cost monitoring devices before regulators are flooded with questionable air-quality data|”

You can now buy your own copy of Datopolis, the open data board game
The ODi have a limited release of their open data board game Datopolis.

How an open data blogger proved the NYPD issued parking tickets in error
I featured this story a month or so back. This article on from the Guardian takes it as an entry point for a look at other city based open data activity.

Lessons from Seoul: why Liverpool needs an open data platform
David Altabev from Nesta suggests that if Liverpool wants “its own unicorn: a startup valued at over a billion dollars” then an open data platform is in order.

I listened to Roy Orbison and I got Open Data wrong
Typical bullish and readable from The Open Data Rottweiler Giuseppe Sollazzo who wonders if “Open Data has been venerated beyond its merits.”

Commute map of England and Wales – A redux of  Mark Evan’s commute map of England and Wales is great and strangely hypnotic. There’s a post about it too. 

A Git Workflow Walkthrough Series
Jim Vallandingham wrote “a bunch of words about how you can use Git in a simplistic, sane manner when collaborating with others on code”

Real-world Python for data-crunching journalists
Maybe when you could use the data you create as part of these tutorials to experiment with the GIT walkthrough.

Making data social, now in the Open Data Handbook
Open Knowledge international have a new section in their handbook that focusses on running events around open data.

Open Data as a Human Right: the Case of Case-Law
Also from Open Knowledge is this interesting look at open data and human rights – “Open data of jurisprudence shows that behind the mere economic gains, access and reuse of public sector information is a fundamental instrument for extending the right to knowledge, which is a basic principle of democracy, and is a matter of human rights in the information age.”

Open Data Nation: Using Open Data to Integrate Predictive Analytics into City Operations
I tend to try and limit open data stuff from the US especially as the US open data approach branches from the UK. But this article caught my eye not least for the business model built on food inspection data.

The philosophy of openness and the open data license
The Indian Government is currently holding a consultation on the right Government Open Data Use License.  This submission by Indian tech news site MediaNama makes for an interesting read, not least because it calls for the license should be “applicable to content and computer software technologies created by entities owned entirely by the Government of India.” 

Forget Smog Alerts: These Shirts Visualize The Pollution Around You – What happens when you take the same ink used in household CO detectors and make a fabric dye? (oh, and I’m assuming find a model who can hold his breath while you blow a whole heap of CO2 at them)