MediaMill Gazette 79

Hyperlocal, health and open data as a game.


The ODI have announced the short list for their Open Data Awards and DataMillNorth gets a nomination in the Publisher section. Great news.

Talk about local conference

Last Weekend was the Talk About local unconference in Brum. As of yet, I haven’t seen any summary posts but there’s plenty to get your teeth into on the twitter hashtag. Data was on the table and it was nice to see Mark Braggins get an award for contribution to data.

Hampshire Hub: Informing Hampshire
Speaking of Mark, the open data portal of his former stomping ground Hampshire Hub gets a case study feature from data portal people Swirrl

OpenTrials launches beta version today at the World Health Summit
It’s been a week or so since it landed but the open data drugs trials site. Like Open prescribing this looks like a really useful site for opening up and linking medicines data. Sterling work. There’s also a nice behind the scenes post about the run up to the beta launch and hacking activities. 

Use of open data in health 
Giuseppe Sollazzo is working with OCH/NHS England on producing some evidence of Health Open Data in use. If you have any examples that you want to share, drop him a line. Oh, and congratulations to him on being nominated as an individual champion in the ODI awards.

Make your own hyperlocal Radio Station
This got a fair bit of interest from the Talk About Local delegates. It’s good fun and I bet there’s more than a few FM transmitters in peoples draws.

Data Aesthetics exhibition
“In the exhibition Data Aesthetics – The Interactive Art artists, designers and activists question, research and visualise the potential of big data.”

How we’re wrapping up Sunlight Labs in the open
As the Sunlight labs transition in to, well,  whatever they become next, this piece outlines the process of leaving everything in good order. An interesting read and an important part of any project that often gets overlooked.

Robot writers will provide us with customised information that are only relevant locally

Claude de Loupy, co-founder and CEO of automated writing and semantic analysis start-up Syllabs talks the programatic evolution of hyperlocal news.

Open data as a game
An interesting look at how games might be a new way to visualize open data.

TfL And Waze Agree Data Exchange To Manage London’s Streets
An interesting project that sees TFL work with Waze (Google owned) traffic service as part of Waze’s Connected Citizens project. The project, open to government and road operators, may be worth a look.

Best of the visualisation web… August 2016
Data viz designer and lecturer Andy Kirk puts together a very nice list of interesting things and resources around data. Worth a look.

The Underground Movement to Map Subterranean Chicago
This is a very cool attempt to map a city above ground and below.

How to Create Granular Geospatial Dashboards with the ELK Stack
Social Corps explain their process and their stack around a hack explore how you can effectively geospatially explore and rank a geographic area? It’s geeky but I like the way they framed the problem – finding a nice place to live.

Australia’s National Map
Whilst I was at the IODC16 conference I met Toby Bellwood, who is helping drive open data in the Australian government. One of their stand out programmes is the NationalMap, an attempt to visualize all the data they have across Australia. On a national open data level there’s lots to learn in their approach but the key for me is Data61, a scarily productive outfit of geeks, future gazers and more working in and with government for innovation.. 

Dealing with the transport challenges of the future
Prospect Magazine put together a panel at the Conservative party conference on Transport challenges. The most interesting bit from an OD/OGD base are the three steps to create a smart city

Impact of opening public data. Is it worth the effort?
This is a point I’ve been making and thinking about a lot. We feel this stuff works and we see impact but can we show its working across the board?

Re:ambiguation: Using Data to Inspire Humans and Baffle Machines.
An interesting meditation on the role of seamfull design – showing the edges and ambiguity of the technology rather than brushing over it.