Small Society

The Cabinet Office, in a move towards greater transparency, are attempting to publish all their data online. This isn’t really news but I don’t think news organizations are looking at this data so I’m scraping it and seeing what it has to offer. So as an exercise I’m scraping the page where ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and … Continue Reading →

Data: Scrape it, Save it, Get it

So I’m learning to scrape public information with the coding guru’s at ScraperWiki. I don’t want to build a website or write a programme, I just want to scrape. Seeing as I’m blogging about my journey and sharing what I’ve gained,  here’s some screencasts I’ve concocted showing you the foibles of ScraperWiki: Scrape it: Save … Continue Reading →

Special Treatment for Special Advisers in No. 10

The road to No.10 is paved with advisers, they lead you in, they open doors. Often for themselves. Previous advisers include Alastair Campbell, Ed Balls and the Miliband brothers. Until they’re in the door they generally don’t command the political spotlight. That is, unless they’re on the way out like Andy Coulson. What they do … Continue Reading →

D (ata) + J (ournalism) + Camp 2011 = #djcamp2011

Who? Digital Editors Network What? A two-day workshop for those who value turning data into stories with impact. Sign up here. When? Thursday, 19 May at 9:30 AM - Friday, 20 May at 5:00 PM Where? 100 Broadway Media City M502UW Salford Manchester Why? Because you’ll learn: Collaboration tools for the newsroom team Customizing search-and-retrieve data tools Extracting … Continue Reading →