Media Mill Gazette 5

[aesop_content color=”#333333″ background=”transparent” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”center” floaterdirection=”up”] The tour, how much open data government would cost under Labour, local. All that plus knitting and cheese (mapped!).


** 3D visualizations of the Tour De Yorkshire (

It’s tour time! Some nifty visualizations of the stages from VeloViewer. Nice looking and a nice bit of interaction. I can sit at my desk and imagine how hard it would be to climb the hills!

** Labour will “Save at least £8.6m a year by bringing local authority websites within the platform” (

This one passed me by in all the stuff around data in the manifestos. Of course its all ‘in the future’ at the moment, and I’m not suggesting any political party will be better, worse etc. But this ‘centralization of services’ is familiar rhetoric from all parties. The figures, teased out by Government computing ( , may change from party to party, but i don’t think the ‘technology will save us money mantra’ will. Prepare your arguments or your sales pitches over the next few weeks!

** How can government support open data without doing it all itself? (

Interesting read from Technical director of the ODi, Jeni Tennison which, among other points, raises some ‘alternatives to directly funding open data’.
* Collaboratives
* Cross-subsidy:
* Volunteering:
* Social norms:

I may be reading them wrong (and these are just the headlines, more detail in the article) but I thought this WAS how open data was funded at the moment. These are reality not alternatives.

** Election related data (

Democracy club ( have puttheir election data stuff up on github ( . The addition of Mapit ( codes and constituency codes goes some way to making this stuff useful post election is a more programmatic, maybe in a widget way.

** How to scale smart cities: what the experts say ( .

A few weeks ago, the ODI hosted an open, smart cities event ( . This round-up of the presentations is interesting stuff not least because it seems to have become a (welcome if often lip service) requirement to stress that the human is still important in all this data. The presentation by Rick Robinson Director of Smart Data and Technology at Amey ( , is a particularly good one with it’s local focus and smart examples. All are worth a look though

** Location aware stories (

On the one hand this idea shouldn’t feel so new. Within journalism it takes the big guns to try this kind of thing to make innovation visible. But I also think that the data element makes this kind of thing more viable. Given the wider reach of The City Talking, location aware personalized of stories (LAPS) might bring dashboard thinking into local storytelling.

** Former BBC iPlayer boss: local TV is ‘years behind in its thinking’ (

“The way local TV [broadcasting] works, the only people who can hear it are in your town. You want to watch a fabulous Notts TV programme? You can’t because you’re not in Nottingham.

“That doesn’t make any sense, the internet doesn’t work that way. Everyone making content for local television is disadvantaged [against people] making content for a website that can be local.

So says ex-BBC boss Anthony Rose speaking at the Westminster Media Forum event on the future of local media, Anthony Rose. It’s hard not to disagree with the general sentiment, but I get the sense that many stations are thinking online first anyway. The last part of the article is also interesting on its take about the suitability of BARB (the audience figures people) may not be the right solution for measuring the success of local TV. The mixture of online and offline audience stats was something that the print industry have wrestled with for a while with the ABCe. A closer look at how we really measure local media success might be overdue.

In contrast, Nigel Dacre Chair of the local TV network ( , used the same event to call for more government support:

“Let’s not forget, the current Local TV project was a Government initiative, and has involved the expenditure of millions of pounds of both public and private money. So I think it’s only right and proper that the new Government comes in and looks at how this important initiative can be further developed.”

** Infographic: The Data science ecosystem (

It’s a little us focused but it made me think, ‘what would a hyperlocal’ one of these look like? Less boxes for a start, especially in the middle. What struck me most though was the number of orgs actually providing data Vs the number doing things with it. A supply and demand problem that nobody seems to want to talk about.

** Stop being a snob: 10 ways hyperlocal media is contributing to UK journalism (

Hyperlocal researcher Damian Radcliffe (he ofNetsa’s Here now hyperlocal report ( ) takes to Paul Bradshaw’s blog to outline all the ways that hyperlocal media is not to be sniffed at. The core is right, lots of snobbishness about hyperlocal media, but there’s more to dig at here. The figure for hyperlocals: there are 408 active hyperlocal sites in the UK ( – compared to 1,045 local and regional newspapers” doesn’t mention that a good deal of them are parish council sites or politically oriented. Not a problem for them but it tests the accountability/journalism line.

Still, it’s an interesting read. Also in the same vein:

Last week the guardian did a good breakdown of why and where hyperlocal might fit ( into the gaps left behind by closing papers. (some good pick off stats from ofcom in there)

** All Politics Is Local, Even In The Most Average Place In The U.K. (

FiveThirtyEight do the UK elections in a nice series of posts looking at the coverage of the UK election based on ‘marginal’ stats.



Knitting data (an old idea but one I like), Mapping Cheese (hey, if you can why not!) and gourmet burgers in Milan. Handmade visualizations (** cool stuff from this guy in his Flickr account too (
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