MediaMill Gazette 72

Data viz, free Data journalism courses and more. Its your bumper post Bank Holiday Media Mill.

Simple techniques for bridging the graphics language gap
A great write-up at the FT on how they educate the newsroom (and the reader) in the best ways visualize the data. Their guide on ‘Visual Vocabulary’, influenced by the The Graphic Continuum is available as a pdf.

Interactive data journalism: a one-semester syllabus
This is nice, an open source.  free data journalism syllabus. “Over14 sessions, students in this course go from having no previous data or coding experience to creating interactive visualizations in D3. ” Also if you’re not familiar with the host site have a browse around at the nice range of code from news orgs.

Introducing OpenStreetView
OpenStreetview (OSV) is the free and open street level imagery platform designed 100% with Open Street Map and mappers in mind.

What is ‘Open Government’ and why should we care?
A take on the way Scotland could and should move to its own agenda on open government. If nothing else it’s a while since i’ve seen the word ‘Boke‘ used in an article!

Making Kaggle the Home of Open Data
Data Science website Kaggle is now offering datastore services.

Open Data Spotlight: The Ultimate European Soccer Database
…and an interesting dataset on the platform.

Chicago becomes first city to launch Array of Things
Sensor arrays around cities aren’t a new idea but this looks like a pretty comprehensive ‘retrofit’ of a city. I especially like the link to the  Governance & Privacy Policies although they could have made them more accessible (on every level) Take a look at their site for some nice presentation of possible uses. – City Platform as a Service
And if that last link caught your interest then a reminder about a EU funded project (including UK partners) to turn cities into platforms.

Handy Python Libraries for Formatting and Cleaning Data
A nice list of data friendly Python libraries.

8 reasons why journalists should use data to improve their stories
TL:DR – Data Journalism is the future: FACT!

Call for participants: Data-driven journalism
The Network of young media makers is looking for participants for a workshop producing Data-driven journalism against prejudices about migration’ training course for young media makers, human rights activists, developers in Berlin, 12 – 20 November 2016

Five great charts in 5 lines of R code each
A nice video from Computer world journo Sharon Machlis and an equally nice blog post that expands on the ideas (but not the code)


Traffic statistics for /r/pokemongo
Has the shine gone off Pokemon Go? If activity on a subreddit is anything to go by…

Finding the Most Unhygienic Food in the UK
Im pretty sure the UK food hygiene rating data set is a canonical data set for visulisation and data journalism (I use it a lot as an example). This is a thorough going over using a tool that might be new to some,  computer science org Wolfram’s Mathmatica. 

UK Weather analyser
A nice bit of open source/open data experimentation using Met Office data

Marriages – when two become one
The ONS go behind the scenes of their marriage visulisations ” that push our beta site into new storytelling and data visualisation territory.”

Struggle with colour schemes for your visulistions? This open source tool might help.

Your Garbage Data Is A Gold Mine
I like the idea of ‘weird data’ in this article on making sense of diverse data sources.

Freedom of Information requests uncover the lack of transparency in journal subscription costs.
An interesting look at the barriers that apeared when trying to compile a dataset via Freedom of Information requests on how much academic publishers are charging higher education institutions for journal subscriptions.

What to do if your FOI is refused under ‘commercial sensitivity’ and ‘breach of confidence’
Of interest if that previous link resonated.

Engagement 101: Providence and Brown University showcase a data-driven partnership
A look at how students worked with open government data and what it revealed about the unique hurdles that US  small business owners and immigrants face. An easily transferable model.

Government data creates smarter societies
“Why government leaders should publish the data they’re collecting — and why citizens everywhere should push them to do so.”

Deck of cards: An API
Need a simple api to play with?