Media Mill Gazette 7

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** Open Government awards nomination now open (

Cabinet Office is inviting nominations for the 2015 Open Government Awards ( . We want to recognise the reformers up and down the country that are helping make government more open, accountable and responsive to citizens.

Might be worth some thought…nudge…Leeds…York…nudge



** Sociotope (

An interesting (and very nice looking) experiment that “visualizes the data you left in social networks in a way you possibly haven’t seen before. Using motion as a metaphor for relevance, Sociotope allows you to grasp, explore and play with the data left in social networks and the reactions to that data.”

** Data doesn’t grow in tables: harvesting journalistic insight from documents (

A nice round up of tools for mining text documents. Python is the language du jour for journo coders which may not be your cup of tea but they also love to document so the code is pretty accessible if you have a bunch of documents to try it on.

** How open data is transforming the business landscape? (

This is an interesting round-up from information age. In one sense there’s nothing ‘new’ per se but two things strike me. The rhetoric is getting more consistent in this kind of ‘intro for businesses’ article which points to a general level of acceptence. The overview also suggests that many people engaging with this stuff is still at an early stage – the market isn’t as set as many would think.

** Antwerp Police open data dashboard (

It’s a nice looking one too compared to the usual platforms kicking around! In a similar vein, this post from earlier in the year with 5 must see city dashboards ( is worth a look as is this post on data and the election which features the democracy dashboard ( shown below.

** Freedoms at risk? What the ‘Spider Memos’ tell us about the right to open government in the UK (

On the spectrum of open data, journalism (and I suppose in the project hyperlocal news) often sits more towards the freedom of information end rather than the right-to-data/innovation end – as journalism’s love of FOI shows ( . So the way legislation has been used to control data flow and the lengths you need to go to force transparency are an issue. But despite being the source of most open data the actual amount they put out is limited. So, context is everything here – it’s worth noting the publication – but the legal implications of the spider memos are well covered here and will have implications in terms of open data.

Background from the Guardian (
A perspective on transparency (

** New guidance on PSI re-use (

“New guidance will be available in summer 2015 for public sector bodies, the cultural sector, and re-users in advance of the of Public Sector Information”. There’s guidance documents here for re-users ( (us I guess). The term marginal cost appears a lot (as it’s always done) but I think that’s one to watch.

** Designing digital democracy: a short guide (

In the context of some of the stuff above, this piece from Nesta’s Geoff Mulligan is worth a read. He looks at the practical question of how parliaments, assemblies and governments should choose the right methods for greater public engagement in decisions



** Visualising UK skies (

A very nice looking visualisation of air traffic from UK-based global air traffic management company NATS. Lots of love on social media for this.

** BCS paper calls for public incentives to use Verify (

We know that public trust in data is a patchy affair even if, as last week’s ofcom report noted, they feel more confident in their understanding of online security. So it was interesting to see this call from the British Computing Society for more widespread use of the governments Verify service ( . The paper is worth a read ( as it outlines some of the tensions between personal, public and private data. I’ve a feeling that the crux of public and personal data will be important at a hyperlocal level – that’s where much of the context could come from. So anything that seeks to unify that or underpin trust is going to get some traction. How that might fit into apps in the future though….

** Drawing insights from our health data (

An interview with Matt Sperrin ( , a statistician at the University of Manchester’s Centre for Health Informatics ( which looks at the work they are doing with different datasets in Manchester

** Gestalt and Anscombe’s quartet . (

A nice overview of the process of visualisation and what elements work from visualisation app (

** OKF update their Open Data Handbook (

There’s been an update to the Open Knowledge foundation’s Open Data Handbook.More on the update from their blog (