** MEDIA MILL GAZETTE: TWO
** Health and open data: A quick case study
Some good coverage, online and in traditional media (the youtube video opposite), for a map of GP surgeries under pressure in Hampshire (http://gpmap.ubiapps.com/) , offers a good in point to a nice case study on local data use.
A lot of the work on the map was done by (http://nquiringminds.com/) nquiringminds (http://nquiringminds.com/) , who’ve got a nice post on the process (http://nquiringminds.com/gp-data-journey/) . The company are worth a look, if you don’t know them already. The dashboard/data/IOT focus of what they do rang some bells with me! Mark Braggins, who was part of the Hampshire Hub (http://www.hampshirehub.net/) team that supplied some of the data, has a mention for the map, and other things, as he sums up his time at the hub; an interesting overview of local government data (http://www.hampshirehub.net/leaving-on-a-high) .
Talking of Hampshire,,,their Linked Planning Register (http://www.ukauthority.com/local-digital-news-blog/entry/4964/planning-application-tool-for-hampshire-under-development) is part of the roster of projects being showcased at the Local Government Association (LGA) ‘Making open data work’ event in Leeds on 20th May (http://www.ukauthority.com/local-digital-news-blog/entry/5307/local-government-association-data-events-to-help-local-authorities-improve-transparency) (London gets one too apparently).
** The “stunning success” of Local TV
LocalTV has found itself in the news last week with Ed Vaizy accused of being ‘demob happy’ as he called Local TV “a stunning success since we launched it” (http://www.theguardian.com/media/mediamonkeyblog/2015/mar/08/ed-vaizey-local-tv-jeremy-hunt-london-live) – much to the amusement of the Oxford Media Convention. Elsewhere, local tv suppliers have been defending a roll-out of the project noting that ” 16 of the original 19 channels are on air and fulfilling Ofcom commitments” (http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/local-tv-operators-fight-back/5084156.article)
Elsewhere it seems thatOFCOM are getting tougher on licences. (http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/bid-by-news-agency-boss-for-fourth-local-tv-licence-rejected/) BayTV (who have the licences for Liverpool, Swansea and Mold) got knocked back in their bid for Stoke, even though they were the only applicant. Thejudges cited concerns (http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/tv/local-tv/applicants/Stoke.pdf) over “highly optimistic” projected advertising revenues and the lack of a “credible business model” to sustain the service.
What did appeal was the aim to run “22.5 hours per week of first-run local programming” which the judges felt would “facilitate civic understanding and debate, and reflect the lives and concerns of the Stoke community”. One wonders about a chilling of feelings towards multiple licences resting with one company but, perhaps more practically, how much OFCOM are asking for to start with.
** Addressing Inequality through data
The upcoming data dive on inequality in Leeds (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-datadive-tickets-16184844305?aff=es2) , it might be worth a look at a report from 2013 by the UN high level panel (http://www.un.org/sg/management/pdf/HLP_P2015_Report.pdf) looking at, among other things, inequality post 2015 – funny how quick this kind of thing comes around. Thereaction at the time (http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/jun/10/mdgs-household-surveys-data-revolution) focused on (international) development and marginalized groups. But many of the concerns,especially those around data capture and use (http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/8415.pdf) , resonate just as strongly within a hyperlocal frame.
One issues that drives much of the concern around ‘data-driven’ efforts to explore and engage is that of access to the web – how much can this stuff help if people can’t get at it? In that context, this research from last year about local level internet use tells an interesting story about access in Leeds and York. (http://blogs.oii.ox.ac.uk/policy/mapping-the-local-geographies-of-digital-inequality-in-britain/)
** Beware the data-huggers! (http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/Data-Matters/2015/03/open-data-and-the-horizon-of-the-next-government.html)
A round-up of the recent ODI (http://opendatainstitute.org/) [Open Data Institute] Connect event focusing on open -data and the next government. Amongst other areas of discussion, there’s a nice bit from Ralph Lucas (http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-lucas/1879) , who sits on the Lords Digital Skills Select Committee, who bemoaned the ‘ “data huggers”, giving the example of UCAS. “In the UK 25,000 kids drop out of university each year. Another 100,000 say they have made the wrong choice of course. UCAS has vast amounts of data that could help with that problem.
** Poor data is preventing armchair auditors holding government to account (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/07/data-armchair-auditors-government-departments-performance-indicators)
The Guardian reports that even though “Performance measurement in government is not likely to make the hearts of the electorate beat faster” data showing government performance is a cornerstone of the transparency agenda; and its not where it needs to be.
“Some departments have not published comparable data for a significant number of their indicators. And using the Number 10 Transparency website (http://transparency.number10.gov.uk/) – designed to be a portal for the public to access and use the data – it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find the scores in a usable, open format, if at all.”, says Robyn Munro writing in the paper’s Public Manager section.
Robyn is also one of the authors of the Institute for Government’s report: How governments measured their impact, 2014-15 (http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/publications/whitehall-monitor-deep-impact)
** 6 Hyperlocal Platforms That Transform Social Media Into Data (http://streetfightmag.com/2015/04/08/6-hyperlocal-platforms-that-transform-social-media-into-data/)
“Here are six examples of hyperlocal platforms with location-specific features that businesses can use to turn social media postings into actionable data.”
It’s not quite clear what actionable data means in this context other than being able to locate social media. But interesting tools none the less.
Journalism.co.uk have a similar round-up with a slightly broader range of established and new players in the location field. (https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/10-apps-and-tools-for-monitoring-a-location-or-local-patch/s2/a564547/) Banjo (http://ban.jo/) and Stickypop (http://www.stickypopapp.com/) (no I don’t know either!) look like two interesting ones to watch in terms of possible dashboard functionality.
** Blue is the new orange (http://blog.martinbellander.com/post/115411125748/the-colors-of-paintings-blue-is-the-new-orange)
The execution is geeky – lots of code here – but the analysis of colour use in paintings got a lot of social media interest.
** From the archive
** The problem with the data revolution in four Venn diagrams (http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/dec/17/data-revolution-limitations-in-images)
Its an older article but one worth a look as Morten Jerven, an economics prof, uses four Venn diagrams, to illustrate some of the main misconceptions of making data work such as assuming
‘an automatic relationships between things such as “counting” and “knowing” ‘
Connected skateboard apps, nails, samples and the Marvel universe. Visualized!