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Top Stories: December 12-16, 2011 - Five data predictions for 2012, a Kindle Single and long-form journalism, and the frustrations of the mobile experience.

Top Stories: December 12-16, 2011 - Five data predictions for 2012, a Kindle Single and long-form journalism, and the frustrations of the mobile experience.
By Mac Slocum
December 16, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill offered five big data predictions for the year to come, Marc Herman discussed his new Kindle Single and how that platform could help long-form journalism, and Joshua Bixby examined mobile frustrations and expectations.

Publishing News: One publishing experiment ends, another begins - Seth Godin ends The Domino Project, Marc Herman blazes a journalism trail, and authors get personal on tour.

Publishing News: One publishing experiment ends, another begins - Seth Godin ends The Domino Project, Marc Herman blazes a journalism trail, and authors get personal on tour.
By Jenn Webb
December 2, 2011

The Domino Project published its final book. Elsewhere, Marc Herman took his long-form journalism straight to a Kindle Single and the WSJ looked at the changing roles of authors on book tours.

How I automated my writing career - A former author uses data and software to take the tedium out of some kinds of writing.

How I automated my writing career - A former author uses data and software to take the tedium out of some kinds of writing.
By Robbie Allen
November 3, 2011

You scale content businesses by increasing the number of people who create the content ... or so conventional wisdom says. Learn how a former author is using software to simulate and expand human-quality writing.

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011 - The joys of animated geo data, Angry Birds and the future of mobile testing, and a look inside The Guardian's creative process.

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011 - The joys of animated geo data, Angry Birds and the future of mobile testing, and a look inside The Guardian's creative process.
By Mac Slocum
October 21, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk explained why data, maps and animation work so well together, we discovered the connection between a game-playing robot and the future of mobile app testing, and we learned how The Guardian develops its data journalism.

Data journalism and "Don Draper moments" - Alastair Dant on how tech, data and narrative come together at The Guardian.

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By Audrey Watters
October 18, 2011

The Guardian's Alastair Dant discusses the organization's interactive stories, including its World Cup Twitter replay, along with the steps his team takes when starting a new data project.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future - A Pew survey of local news sources reveals the influence of social and mobile trends, along with a generation gap.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future - A Pew survey of local news sources reveals the influence of social and mobile trends, along with a generation gap.
By Alex Howard
September 26, 2011

A new Pew report on local news reveals reasons to be hopeful about digital platforms as information sources. But it's not all positive: The decline of local newspapers will leave a civic gap for local government accountability.

Four short links: 1 September 2011 - Android Charting, Illusion of Insight, Mapping API, and Science Storytelling

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2011

A Chart Engine -- Android charting engine. The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight -- we are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others. Urban Mapping API -- add rich geographic data to web and non-web applications. Tell Us A Story, Victoria -- a university science story-telling contest....

Social, mapping and mobile data tell the story of Hurricane Irene - Citizens will act as important sensors as a huge storm washes up the East Coast of the United States.

By Alex Howard
August 26, 2011

In the information ecosystem of 2011, media, government and citizens alike will play a critical role in sharing information about what's happening in natural disasters, putting open data to work, and providing help to one another.

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011 - The legacy of Steve Jobs, the sweet spot between data and art, and a deep dive into Google+

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011 - The legacy of Steve Jobs, the sweet spot between data and art, and a deep dive into Google+
By Mac Slocum
August 26, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Mark Sigal examined the legacy of Steve Jobs, we talked with New York Times data artist Jer Thorp about the commingling of data, art and science, and Tim O'Reilly and Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz discussed Google+, data portability and more.

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism - A new media startup tries to mine the social web for stories.

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism - A new media startup tries to mine the social web for stories.
By Alex Howard
August 25, 2011

The newly launched Daily Dot is trying an experiment in community journalism, where the community is the Internet. To support their goal, they're applying the lens of data journalism to the social web.

Strata Week: Green pigs and data - Rovio mines data to improve Angry Birds, HP bets on big data, Daily Dot parses the social web for stories.

Strata Week: Green pigs and data - Rovio mines data to improve Angry Birds, HP bets on big data, Daily Dot parses the social web for stories.
By Audrey Watters
August 25, 2011

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, is using data and analytics to keep bird-launching gamers plugged in. Also, HP's acquisition of Autonomy reveals its data intentions, and the Daily Dot finds stories with an assist from data journalism.

Dominant form of journalism foretold by Reynolds Journalism Institute - Why a new proposal for making the news business sustainable deserves attention.

Dominant form of journalism foretold by Reynolds Journalism Institute - Why a new proposal for making the news business sustainable deserves attention.
By Andy Oram
August 15, 2011

A new paper from the Reynolds Journalism Institute deserves a look from anyone interested in publishing, social networking, or democratic discourse.

Strata Week: Twitter's coming Storm, data and maps from the London riots - Twitter plans to open source its Hadoop-like data processing tool, Storm.

By Audrey Watters
August 11, 2011

This week's data news includes Twitter's plans to open-source its Hadoop-like data processing tool and some of the various mapping and real-time data efforts tracking the London riots.

Open source maps tell data journalism stories in Afghanistan - Open data, a map and the Internet share the story of violence against journalists in Afghanistan

By Alex Howard
August 8, 2011

A new website shows incidents of violence against journalists in Afghanistan launched. Data.nai.org.afs charts attacks on the media onto an interactive map of country using open source mapping tools.

Top stories: July 4-8, 2011 - Why Java matters, inside Node.js, predicting Android's ubiquity

Top stories: July 4-8, 2011 - Why Java matters, inside Node.js, predicting Android's ubiquity
By Mac Slocum
July 8, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: We offered seven reasons why Java is worth your time, the utility of Node.js was duly noted, and Marko Gargenta offered three Android predictions that have nothing to do with mobile phones.

Data journalism, data tools, and the newsroom stack - The 2011 Knight News Challenge winners illustrate data's ascendance in media and government.

Data journalism, data tools, and the newsroom stack - The 2011 Knight News Challenge winners illustrate data's ascendance in media and government.
By Alex Howard
July 5, 2011

The MIT Civic Media conference and 2011 Knight News Challenge winners made it clear that data journalism and data tools will play key roles in the future of media and open government.

Citizen science, civic media and radiation data hint at what's to come - The evolution of Safecast is a glimpse into networked accountability.

Citizen science, civic media and radiation data hint at what's to come - The evolution of Safecast is a glimpse into networked accountability.
By Alex Howard
June 29, 2011

After a tsunami caused a nuclear disaster in Japan, a radiation detection network starting aggregating and publishing data. The result, Safecast, shows how citizen science and open data are changing our understanding of the world.

Strata Week: Data Without Borders - Work on data projects that matter, data journalism, and a social graph of the Marvel universe.

Strata Week: Data Without Borders - Work on data projects that matter, data journalism, and a social graph of the Marvel universe.
By Audrey Watters
June 23, 2011

This week's big data news includes a call for Data Without Borders, data journalism catches the Knight Foundation's attention, IBM's new big data appliance, and a social graph built around the Marvel universe.

Maps aren't easy - Pete Warden on digital map creation and data journalism tools.

Maps aren't easy - Pete Warden on digital map creation and data journalism tools.
By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2011

Data-centric news organizations are using maps to effectively tell stories, but these features don't come easy. In this interview, Pete Warden discusses the grunt work that goes into map creation and the tools that can make it a little easier.

Four short links: 15 March 2011 - Twitter Numbers, Online News, Emotional Complexity, and Making Described

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2011

Twitter Numbers -- growing at half a million accounts a day (how many are spammers, d'ya think?), over 140M tweets sent each day. Online vs Newspaper News (Mashable) -- The Poynter Institute, a landmark of American journalism research, has determined that as of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers —...

Before you interrogate data, you must tame it - Simon Rogers on how The Guardian addressed unstructured WikiLeaks cables.

Before you interrogate data, you must tame it - Simon Rogers on how The Guardian addressed unstructured WikiLeaks cables.
By Jenn Webb
March 2, 2011

The Guardian's Simon Rogers talks about how his team of journalists extracted details, meaning and stories from an unstructured mass of WikiLeaks cables.

Four short links: 14 February 2011 - Vesting Incentives, Camera Hacks, iPad Longform Saviour?, and Bogus Science

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2011

Stephen Elop is a Flight Risk (Silicon Beat) -- a foresight-filled 2008 article that doesn't make Nokia's new CEO look good. A reminder to boards and CEOs that option vesting schedules matter. (via Hacker News) CHDK -- Canon Hack Development Kit gives point-and-shoot Canon digital camera new features like RAW images, motion detection, a USB remote, full control over...

Four short links: 31 January 2011 - BBC Pares Web, Data Interaction Design, Long-Form Commerce, and Dangers of Free Themes

By Nat Torkington
January 31, 2011

BBC Web Cuts Show Wider Disconnect (The Guardian) -- I forget that most people still think of the web as a secondary add-on to the traditional way of doing things rather than as the new way. Interesting article which brings home the point in the context of the BBC, but you can tell the same story in almost any...

4 free data tools for journalists (and snoops) - A look at free services that reveal traffic data, server details and popularity.

By Pete Warden
January 6, 2011

You no longer have to be a technical specialist to find exciting and surprising data. In this excerpt from Pete Warden's ebook, "Where are the bodies buried on the web? Big data for journalists," Pete looks at four services that reveal underlying information about web pages and domains.

Four short links: 31 December 2010 - Statistics, Tech Writing, Shared Spaces, and Delicious Exodus

By Nat Torkington
December 31, 2010

The Joy of Stats -- Hans Rosling's BBC documentary on statistics, available to watch online. Best Tech Writing of 2010 -- I need a mass "add these to Instapaper" button. (via Hacker News) Google Shared Spaces: Why We Made It (Pamela Fox) -- came out of what people were trying to do with Google Wave. The Great Delicious Exodus...

Four short links: 22 December 2010 - Etherpad, Scala, Journalism, and Mazes from Ruby

By Nat Torkington
December 22, 2010

ietherpad -- continuation of the etherpad startup. Offers pro accounts, and promise an iPad app to come. (via Steve O'Grady on Twitter) Scala Collections Quickref -- quick reference card for the Scala collections classes. (via Ian Kallen on Twitter) Raw Data and the Rise of Little Brother -- Turns out, despite the great push for citizen journalism, citizens are...

3 News Foo themes that continue to resonate - Long-form content, the importance of context, and rebuilding trust emerged as important topics at the first News Foo.

By Alex Howard
December 16, 2010

The first News Foo provided an opportunity to take a deep look into the future of media, news, journalism, publishing and communication technology. Here's a collection of themes and takeaways from the event.

Strata Week: Running the numbers - IA Ventures success, MathJax display engine, statistical literacy, and making big data more human

Strata Week: Running the numbers - IA Ventures success, MathJax display engine, statistical literacy, and making big data more human
By Julie Steele
December 9, 2010

IA Ventures raises a huge first-time fund; MathJax provides an open source mathematical display engine; Kevin Drum shares 10 statistics pitfalls; and Paul Bradshaw explains how to bring big data down to a human scale.

Strata Gems: Five data blogs you should read - Data geekery, visualization and journalism

By Edd Dumbill
December 7, 2010

From deep-diving startup founders to national newspapers, there's a rich vein of wisdom and information in blogs about data. Here's five to get your reading list started.

Four short links: 13 October 2010 - Data Privacy, Journalism and Dataviz, Web Shell, and Kindle Singles

By Nat Torkington
October 13, 2010

'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on Web (WSJ) -- our users' data comprise a valuable resource to mine and sell, but so do their kidneys. The data world faces serious issues with informed consent, control, and exploitation--it's not just a shiny new business model, it can also leave people feeling very violated. Again, if you're not paying for it...

Four short links: 11 October 2010 - Teaching Design Thinking, Client-Side Graphics, Removing Logos, and Tweeting the Revolution

By Nat Torkington
October 11, 2010

Design Thinking in Schools -- materials to help teach design thinking in schools and education. My favourite: Design MadLibs (though until they can include "fart" in the list of acceptable words, it won't be as interesting to my kids as the original MadLibs). (via Justine Sanderson) PaintbrushJS -- Open Source (MIT-licensed) Javascript library for client-side graphics effects (blur, gamma,...

Strata Week: Videos and visualization - Data viz for journalism, student career paths, multi-dimensional data, and the future.

Strata Week: Videos and visualization - Data viz for journalism, student career paths, multi-dimensional data, and the future.
By Julie Steele
October 7, 2010

Get cozy for fall by watching some videos about visualization. First, check out Geoffrey McGhee's documentary about data viz in journalism. Then get a sneek preview of LinkedIn's Career Explorer tool. Catch up on Julia Grace's Web2.0 Expo keynote, and finally, take a look at the future of user interfaces through touchable holograms.

Lies, damn lies, and visualizations - The intersection -- and accompanying questions -- of data science and journalism.

By Andrew Odewahn
August 9, 2010

There's nothing wrong with taking a strong position, assuming the underlying data and facts are accurate. But it's important for the audience to recognize it as advocacy, not as strict science, even when it comes wrapped in a really cool visualization.


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