Over at O’Reilly Radar Alex Howard takes a look at the latest Knight News Challenge winners and identifies key trends in “journalism’s networked future.”
- Networked accountability: Alex looks at a project by Safecast that hopes to bridge “citizen science, open data, open source hardware, civic hacking and the Internet of things to monitor, share and map radiation data.”
- Peer-to-peer collaboration, across newsrooms: Individual journalists, technologists and organizations are collaborating across news organizations like never before. Yes, there’s competition between them still, but there’s also coopition and pure collaboration.
- The value of an open geo commons: There’s Google Maps and there’s what Apple is trying to call maps, but these are proprietary solutions for news organizations that want to visually place their stories and data in a precise place. OpenStreetMaps is a well known open source startup. Knight winner Development Seed is building visualization tools on top of it so that “media organizations large and small can tap into to inform communities using maps.”
- “Open” is in: Especially open data that’s used for the public good.
Read through for Alex’s descriptions of each.
Alex Howard, O’Reilly Radar. Four key trends changing digital journalism and society.