Last week I attended the Data-driven journalism in Amsterdam (which we blogged about here) run by the European Journalism (who interviewed me here).

My slides from the event are now up here:

Below are some lovely lofi graphical notes from Anna Lena Schiller:

It was a very well organised event and there were lots of interesting presentations and discussions. While many there were sold on the value of public bodies opening up datasets for others to use, there were more reservations about news organisations sharing datasets with each other and with the public. To address this, I’d like to start a brief document called:

  • Why should journalists and media organisations consider opening up their data?

The document would refer to existing success stories (such as the Guardian Datablog datasets, NYT Linked Data, …), compelling reasons, evidence, etc. and would appeal to enlightened self-interest. I’ve started some very preliminary notes at:

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Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at and he tweets at @jwyg.