First Principles“A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share- alike.” OpenDefinition.org“Records shared with the public digitally, over the Internet, in a way that promotes analysis & reuse.” -OpenGovData.org
“Traffic on the NYC Health Department’srestaurant inspection site has gone from10,000 hits per month to 124,000” - New York Times
Fauxpen DataIn an age of “openwashing”…We need to:Evaluate licenses.Peruse the Terms of Service.Review the governance.Look at community.Check the format.
“If Stage 1 of data journalism was “find and scrape data,” then… Stage 2 was “ask government agencies to release data” in easy to use formats. Stage 3 is going to be “make your own data”, and those sources of data are going to be automated and updated in real-time.” -JavaunMoradi, NPR
What does Open Journalism look like? “A man dies at the heart of a protest: a reporter wants to discover the truth. A journalist is seeking to contact anyone who can explain how another victim died while being restrained on a plane. A newsroom has to digest 400,000 official documents released simultaneously.” -Alan Rusbridger
“We used to call it CAR”-DeBarros Bob Woodward, via Cliff1066
Now it’s “Hacks and Hackers”Photo by Dennis Crowley, from “Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer”
“Newspapers are either going to start doing what we do, or theyre going to be bypassed and out of date.”-Elliot Jaspin That was 1986, in Time.
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
“Make small things faster, make big things possible.”-Derek Willis, NYTTimesMachine.nytimes.com cost a few hundred dollars. Hosted on Amazon EC2.
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
Source: How Canada became an open data and data journalism powerhouse
More than 36 interactive databases publishedData sets account for 75% of overall traffic [Source: CJR]
Data journalists, meet civic hackers Source: BuzzData
"The transparency genie is out of the bottle — world wide — and its not going back into the darkness of that lantern ever again.Progress will be slow, but it will be progress.” - Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation