Archive for December 2010
Recently over on the Guardian Cardiff blog I’ve been experimenting with using Google maps to display certain bits of local government data, as well as creating collaborative maps with readers for local events.
Often council reports are stocked full of data broken down by ward which should be easily mappable – and which would allow readers to quickly digest the data in an accessible way.
When such reports are issued the council rarely includes a map to display the data – and if it does, it’s a pdf file which can take hours to translate into a Google map.
One problem which constantly presents itself is the lack of local government ward maps which would provide a template to map certain bits of data onto. Read the rest of this entry »
Regional editors and journalism lecturers came together this morning to discuss what makes a journalist ‘fully converged’.
As part of day two of the National Council for the Training of Journalist’s (NCTJ) Journalism Skills Conference, I took part in this discussion alongside Ed Walker, communities editor at Media Wales, and Kevin Leonard from BBC Cardiff (see my presentation here). Read the rest of this entry »