Making open government data sing

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  • 1. Making Open Data SingAlexander B. Howard (@digiphile)
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  • 5. “Data-driven journalism is the future”
    Source: Tim Berners-Lee in the Guardian
  • 6. “We used to call it CAR”-DeBarros
    Bob Woodward, via Cliff1066
  • 7. “Gov 2.0, FOSS
    and agile development
    are all breathing new life into data and journalism”
    -David Herzog, Open Missouri
  • 8. Now it’s “Hacks and Hackers”
    Photo by Dennis Crowley, from “Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer”
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  • 10. Robo-journalism?
  • 11. Storytelling still matters.
    “We use these tools to find and tell stories.
    We use them like we use a telephone.
    The story is still the thing.” - Anthony DeBarros USA Today
    Source: Data Journalism and the Big Picture
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  • 14. Source: How Canada became an open data and data journalism powerhouse
  • 15. “Make small things faster, make big things possible.”-Derek Willis, NYT
    TimesMachine.nytimes.com cost a few hundred dollars. Hosted on Amazon EC2.
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  • 18. “Newspapers are either going to start doing what we do, or they're going to be bypassed and out of date.”
    -Elliot Jaspin
    That was 1986, in Time.
  • 19. More than 166 U.S. newspapers have stopped putting out a print edition or closed down altogether since 2008.
    There have been more than 35,000 job losses or buyouts in the newspaper industry since 2007.
    Source: Paper Cuts
  • 20. More than 36 interactive databases published
    Data sets account for 75% of overall traffic [Source: CJR]