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Weatherstations - Citizen-Apps and eParticipation as sources for Datajournalism

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Data-driven-journalism round table, August 24th, 2010, Amsterdam

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Weatherstations - Citizen-Apps and eParticipation as sources for Datajournalism

  1. 1. WEATHERSTATIONS Citizen-Apps and eParticipation as sources for Datajournalism Lorenz Matzat
  2. 2. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 Lorenz Matzat - freelance journalist - media educator - academic background: political scientist - Open Data Network e.V. - Blog: www.datenjournalist.de
  3. 3. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 Datajournalism - access to or production of structured data-sets - using these data-sets for research of a story - discuss data/ data source in published piece - provide raw-data for the users along with the story ‣ as a spreadsheet ‣ and/or interactive research environment (e.g. map-mashup with a timeslider and lters)
  4. 4. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 State of Datajournalism in Germany - right now no datadesk, datablog or alike in any German media - several projects at newspapers and other media (in combination with investigative units) - Wikileaks WarLogs as a waking call
  5. 5. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 Open Government Data in Germany - no OpenGov initiative or data.gov - some government sources for statistical data; often not very detailed an in non-machinereadable formats - weak „Freedom of Information Act“ - BUT: changing consciouness in bureaucracy; some Gov 2.0 Application (Gov 2.0 is not OpenGov)
  6. 6. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 OpenData and Civil Society Open Data and Civil Society - OpenData in Germany is happening bottom-up - Several groups and private persons are working on gathering (scraping) data and developing applications ‣ Open Data Network ‣ Open Knowledge Foundation ‣ Government 2.0 Netzwerk ‣ Netzdemokraten
  7. 7. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 Evolving Ecosystem of Citizen Apps - OpenBudget (offener-haushalt.de) - OpenParliament (openbundestag.de) - Lobbyregister (lobbypedia.de) ...several more - Gov2.0/ eParticipation: ‣ eConsulation ‣ Citizen-Budgets (Bürgerhaushalte)
  8. 8. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 Citizen Apps as Datajournalism sources - this Ecosystem could be uses like a net of weatherstations or seismographs: ‣ measuring political temperature, pressure etc. ‣ journalist could nd stories in the data and usage of this applications - newspapers/media should sponsor or develop applications like this for reader/user envolvement and strengthening of watchdog function
  9. 9. lorenz matzat | data-driven-journalism round-table | amsterdam | august 2010 Thank you for listening. matzat@gmail.com

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