Project Partners

The Media Mill project is made up of a consortium of innovative media companies, local councils and academic research partners funded by the Destination Local Demonstrators fund


InnovateUK is the UK’s innovation agency. They identify and support innovation in science and technology that will contribute to the UK economy. InnovateUK is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. NDPB’s operate at ‘arms length’ from but are accountable to their sponsor departments.


Nesta (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) is a UK based Innovation charity. It aims to support innovation for good “supporting innovations with the greatest prospect of creating value for everyone – in fields like health, education and the arts – whether they’re in the public and private sectors, or in civil society”



Hebe Works are the project lead for the Media Mill project. They are an award-winning, independent media and technology company based in the UK. Our newspapers, films, websites and web apps enhance how people experience the places where they live, work and stay. In 2014 The Observer named their City Talking publication as one of their New Radicals. In 2016 they were named one of the Top 50 creative companies in the UK



Leeds City Council is the Metropolitan Council for the Yorkshire city of Leeds in the North of England and is one of the member of West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Their open data portal Leeds Data Mill is frequently cited as an example of best practice for open government data and encouraging innovation in the open data community in Leeds and beyond.



The City of York Council is the local authority of the historic City of York in the North of England. It’s open data portal York Open Data was launched in 2015 but the council has a long track record in developing data sharing projects such as the York Open Service Directory



The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is based in Preston in the north of England. They are the research partners for the Media Mill project and through the Media Innovation Studio are responsible for the dissemination of project information and keeping the project team informed of developments in the open data and journalism field.