[open-government] [ckan-discuss] Questions for journalists about what datasets are useful for them?

Christopher Gutteridge cjg at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Sat Mar 19 20:06:25 GMT 2011

What kind of data release is newsworthy?

I'm a bit miffed that the University of Southampton open data service 
didn't get more wide coverage. I don't know if it's something we should 
make more of an effort to get stories about or if it's just not very 

Jonathan Gray wrote:
> A friend of mine is doing a survey on the data needs and data related
> training needs of journalists and has asked if I have any suggestions
> for questions that I'd like answers to, that could be included in the
> survey. I'm thinking of proposing 2-3 questions, along the lines of:
>   * What kinds of public datasets would be useful to you as a
> journalist? (Please be as specific as possible)
>   * What kinds of questions do you want to use these datasets to
> answer? What kinds of issues do you want to explore? (Please be as
> specific as possible)
>   * What kinds of tools would you like to help you work with these datasets?
> Anyone think of any other questions? Or improvements/amendments to the
> questions above? Suggestions for rewording?
> Answers on a postcard. ;-)
> J.

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