Good case study on FoI, open data and the how cleaning data is always the first, and often most valuable, step in the data journalism process: "Following the launch of the OpenData website ... we downloaded the MoT data when it became available and set about getting it into a format that could be easily accessed. With more than 355m records, 200m MoTs (all those since the system was computerised in 2006) and 40gb of data, this wasn't an easy task. Like the BBC, we have also had a few problems dealing with the MoT data that's provided by the Government. Firstly, it's huge and difficult to work with. Secondly, as it's sourced from thousands of technicians - and humans make mistakes - it was littered with errors. There were plenty of cars registered in the 1800s and a few steam-powered Renault Clios to boot. We've done our best to ensure it's as clean as possible, but with such a huge data set, there may still be the odd error."
"Motoring website Honest John goes live today with a huge data journalism project based on analysis of 24.5m MoT tests conducted up to 30 September 2011. ... The MoT information was released by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) after a Freedom of Information battle fought by the BBC."
"the BBC launched a beta site redesign today that accounts for “swipability,” the finger gesture most popular for navigation on smart phones and tablets."
Kevin Bakhurst: "For BBC News, social media currently has three key, highly valuable roles in our journalism: newsgathering ... audience engagement ... [and as] a platform for our content ..."
Tim Weber : "we have now launched our market data pages optimised for mobile phones."
"Last month the BBC invited people to download an app that would collate the 3G coverage their Android handsets were getting. The experiment aimed to offer a snapshot of coverage. 44,600 volunteers took part, providing testing firm Epitiro with some 1.7 million hours worth of data from around the UK."
"BBC News announced new social media guidance on Friday 15th, drawing a clear line around offical BBC twitter accounts (which are prefixed with "BBC" and stick to a journalist's beat ). "
"On Thursday 21 July, the BBC lost 60,000 Twitter followers when Laura Kuenssberg renamed her @BBCLauraK account to @ITVLauraK."
"The [Primarl] video borrows all the language of investigative journalism (if not Panorama's production values) to 'follow the trail' of the investigation's producer in making the programme - before lapsing into promotional video mode at the end when it talks about Primark's code of conduct and shows its products. ... Apart from the commercial implications of advertisers spending their money on communicating directly with customers, there is an editorial consideration here: any publishing strategy needs to account for this sort of reaction. The more evidence you can publish online, the better."
"Primark’s response to the BBC Trust’s findings has been packaged up on a microsite, which includes the statement along with a video explaining Primark’s case and a timeline of events. Primark’s long-standing retained agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson was issuing links to this microsite to the media yesterday."
"Facebook's ROI for sites such as TopGear is "pretty staggering," says [Daniel Heaf, Director of Digital for BBC Worldwide], who notes that the ... site has 12 million fans who drive 30 percent of its traffic."
"The BBC's attempts to collate this spending data largely avoided some obstacles placed in the way of alternative research being carried out by other media. ... Local Government Chronicle (LGC) was pursuing a similar survey. But it appears to have asked for what's called Revenue Account information ... DCLG instructed councils not to provide this data, on the grounds that it is intended for future publication by the Office for National Statistics."
"This high-definition, 1.15-gigapixel picture, is a composite of 189 images. The full picture measures 81,471 pixels by 14,154 pixels. The field of view covers 200 degrees. ... Photography by Henry Stuart / Spherical Images"
Dave Lee: "how you interpret what the plain act of ‘following’ someone actually means arguably has an important knock-on effect to consider, particularly for journalists and news orgs keen to emphasise their impartiality. ... [D]oes following a person imply support?"