The Open Data Services team produced in the first development sprint some prototype code that demonstrates that critical parts of the Local News Engine concept work at the most basic level (code on GitHub). That is to say: 1 - It is possible to … [Read more...] about Early proof of concept for Local News Engine
Local News Engine is testing the theory that newsworthy names and places cropping up in lists of newsworthy things creates potential leads for a journalist to follow up. We have discussed newsworthy data, so what are newsworthy names? These will be … [Read more...] about Who, what and where is newsworthy for Local News Engine?
Local News Engine is testing the theory that story leads can be found in local data where a newsworthy person or place is engaged in a newsworthy activity. And that the computer can find these potential leads quicker than manually reading hundreds … [Read more...] about What data are we using in Local News Engine?
I’ve watched a fair few people have a go at planning and council data aggregation and alerts over the years. The best was Chris Taggart’s Openly Local a fully open tool available to all. My approach with Local News Engine is not to provide a … [Read more...] about Local News Engine – assembling a team
It's coming, #TAL16 is heading back to its roots.We're heading back to Birmingham, not far from Digital Digbeth, where the Talk About Local story began back in 2009.In an event that will no doubt be bigger than #Speilberginbrum, we're … [Read more...] about #TAL16
The UK police forces' automatic number plate recognition systems form arguably the world's largest civilian surveillance system, taking about 1 billion number plate reads a year. Some years ago I was put on a panel to help the criminal justice … [Read more...] about ANPR – steps towards modern governance?