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Five take-aways from the #solomoDEN event

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Data visualisation of New York's 311 service showing city's concerns by the hour

The #solomoDEN event in Salford Quays was an opportunity to hear about projects, research and initiatives in the area of social-local-mobile journalism.

I attended to talk about a GMG project I’m involved with called which has these ideas at its heart to produce an online/mobile noticeboard (and if anyone would like an invite please drop your email here or via the comments below).

Here’s my pick of the other talks;

1. World Newsmedia Innovation Study.
There’s a lot of information in these 130 pages, 100 data sets compiled by 500 respondents in 11 languages. The aspect that caught my eye was the plans that news organisations have around developing new businesses and this mysterious finding: “While mobile phones, e-readers and social media remain the top propescts in 2011, responses show that managers are generally less enthusiastic about these opportunities than in 2010.” The full report is being being available to download at the website.

2. Help me Investigate networks.
The collaborative website that helps people investigate issues of shared concern has recently refined the proposition into various strands including health, welfare and education.

Help Me Investigate: Networks

Currently Paul is calling on interested bloggers to get involved in a Help Me Investigate health project looking at some of the data on GP surgeries’ patient list numbers. More on that here:

3. Sky in Tyne and Wear.
It was fascinating to hear from Simon Bucks about the video journalism experiment going on in the north east. The unease from local newspaper editors in the room was palpable as he described how a team of 13 journalists including nine dedicated video journalists were starting work in a patch chosen for its sporting enthusiasim and clear sense of self-identity.

As well as the original content that large team is producing, the broadcaster is also encouraging submitted video and self-serve events listings in the locality. One to watch.

4. Launch of Media and Digital Enterprise (Made).
The UK Winner of last year’s Google IPI award for news innovation was officially launched in a low key event at the end of the main sessions. Any budding news entrepreneur looking to develop a business involving data journalism should find this music to their ears – mentoring, software and support on offer. Simply add your details to the form before March 31 [Disclosure: I am involved in delivering some of the training support].

5. Open data cities 
A typically barnstorming finale from Greg Hadfield inspired the audience into thinking about data and the role of local journalists in not just acquiring data for stories but being the facilitators for city-level conversations. A whole new way of interacting with the citizens formally known as readers.

It was not just a great talk, it was a rallying cry to those of us who value data journalism to think about how we can collaborate to make such things happen. Anyone?

* There’s also more information at this live blog by Daniel Bentley  and this blog post from Caroline Beavon. Feel free to drop any other links to coverage in the comments below.

Data journalism, communication…. and the moon landings

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Earlier this week I took part in a panel debate about data journalism as part of the FutureEverything conference in Manchester.

Before the full panel I asked Paul Bradshaw (City University London and City of Birmingham University) and Martin Belam (The Guardian) for their thoughts on the subject.

The topics discussed on the video via the link below (with timings) are;

0.38: What data journalism is.
2.50: Are people engaging with open data? Examples?
6.18: Where’s this all going and what are the implications for journalism education?
9.10: If you could have one dataset opened right now, which would it be?
10.20: What do you hope to get out of being a FutureEverything?

FutureEverything 2011: Linked Data / Linked Stories: chaired by Sarah Hartley from Littlestar on Vimeo.

* If you want to find out more about data journalism there’s a limited number of tickets still available for north west based journalists at DJCamp this Thursday and Friday in Manchester. Full details here. See you there.

Written by sarahhartley

May 15th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Digital Editors’ Network: Data special today

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Today’s meeting of digital editors from across the country is a special event to discuss various issues around open data and is being held at the offices of North West Vision and Media in MediaCityUK, Salford.

A live blog has been set up via CoveritLive which you can see updated here as the event gets underway from 1pm.

The progamme is detailed here.

The hashtag for the event is #dendatameet

Written by sarahhartley

May 12th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

What impact has social media had? I asked……


At various locations in recent months I’ve been stalking online experts with my trusty Flip and asking them one question: How has social media impacted on The Media?

And here, in this short video, is what they said. Many thanks to Mercedes Bunz, Christian Payne, John Popham, Laura Oliver and Paul Bradshaw.


Written by sarahhartley

December 16th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

links for 2009-06-01

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June 1st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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