Local News Engine is a prototype project to help journalists/reporters scrutinise local accountability information such as planning and licensing applications. A critical part of this is actually getting hold of planning and licensing applications … [Read more...] about Local authority data store increases availability of data by two orders of magnitude
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?
We are delighted that Google has made us an offer of funding under the Digital News Initiative for our Local News Engine prototype. Local News Engine (which I have written about in detail here) will mine local public data for leads for local news … [Read more...] about Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund winner – Local News Engine #dni
Weekly lists of local civic information (law courts, planning, licensing of alcohol, entertainment, adult, gambling etc) are a strong source of story leads for local journalists of all types. These lists can be over 500 pages long, requiring … [Read more...] about Towards a ‘Local News Engine’ #opendata