MediaMill Gazette 78

IODC16, NHS workforce dashboards and tram based life expectancy

IODC16 in Madrid

IODC16 in Madrid

IODC16

At the end of last week I was in Madrid to present the MediaMill project at the International Open Data Conference.  It was an interesting experience which I’ll write up this week. But brief takeaways would be that the focus for open data is big problems and with that comes the big issues. Privacy, representation, gender issues were all as much the topic of conversation as open data – it made for a good deal of existential angst. For now here are a few links to take a look at

My presentation slides 
The mains sessions were live streamed. 
Alex Howard as an overview of his takeaways on the Sunlight Foundation Blog
The ODI were there in force and they have a brief round-up

Want to make your open data project relevant? Talk to a data journalist
From the IODC blog, this piece makes for an interesting read not least because it sees journalists in a particular role. One which I’m not sure is perhaps as well informed as some at the conference thought

NHS general practice workforce dashboard
Data scientists at Anabasis have used NHS data to make a dashboard “that enables easy and useful visualisation of the NHS general practice workforce in England” Its a nice idea and the supporting blog post also has some great illustrative videos which I think really add to the utility.

Talk About Local 16
There are still some tickets left for the Talk About Local Hyperlocal conference in Birmingham at the weekend.

When is a visualisation a call to action?
A reflection in part on how data visualizations should focus on and create a response.

Awesome Interactive Journalism
“An opinionated list of best practice examples of data journalism and visualization projects.” Loads of good links

Do people understand hurricane forecast maps?
One area that really interests me is the utility of data visualizations. It’s not just that it clearly communicates but also that it is useable. This post expresses some of those concerns.

4 open data lessons from reporting the Panama Papers in Africa
Some interesting points here about what canonical and massive examples of data journalism like the Panama Papers mean in practice.

Way to react to API failure
A practical (using Highcharts) to make sure that when the api falls over, your data viz doesn’t turn into a black hole.

Revealed: Bristol’s police and mass mobile phone surveillance
A nice piece of investagative/data journalism by the hyperlocal co-op the Bristol Cable. Featured in the Register as well., great to see hyperlocal content get such reach and impact.

Mapping data and visualizing geospatial information: A quick introduction for journalists
A brief overview and some useful links. And if making maps from spreadsheets is your thing, you might like this tutorial using the geosheets add on 

Life on the line Academics from The University of Manchester have created a map based on the region’s Metrolink tram network, which has revealed the striking differences in life expectancy across Greater Manchester.

Life on the line: Academics from The University of Manchester have created a map based on the region’s Metrolink tram network, which has revealed the striking differences in life expectancy across Greater Manchester.