[okfn-coord] att: funding gang: knight foundation competition

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Jun 23 12:12:54 UTC 2009

This is a great idea! Would be great to ping it to discuss list too!
Recent example was EU carbon trading data that came out not so long
ago. Loads of people wrote about it, but didn't mention any identifier
for the data, so took quite a while to track down.


On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 6:26 PM, Rufus Pollock<rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> 2009/6/18 paula le dieu <paula at ledieu.org>:
>> They make a point of saying it is open to international applicants. Perhaps
>> we need to have a chat with them about what they are looking for that only
>> US candidates have been successful so far?
> Yes. I think we should do that before going further.
> I did think about this briefly over the weekend and below's a brief
> outline of an idea inspired by my recent reading of Flat Earth News
> (courtesy of Becky and James). What do people think? Has something
> been tried before?
> Rufus
> Title: (Adding) The Source
> Purpose: Add sources (back) into news stories using large-scale
> automated text-matching
> Brief summary: most news articles give little or no indication of the
> source of their material. However, research shows that a vast amount
> of news output from top newspapers, especially online, is recycled
> directly from the news wires or press releases with obvious negative
> effects on the quality of journalism. In this project we will exploit
> the possibilities of large-scale automated text-matching to
> automatically identify and document such recycling providing a way for
> readers to "add the source" back into what they read.
>> On Jun 18, 2009 4:03 PM, "Rufus Pollock" <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
>> This looks interesting but it does seem to be entirely US focused (all
>> the winners are doing US projects). Do they consider EU based entries?
>> Rufus
>> 2009/6/18 paula le dieu <paula at ledieu.org>:
>>> Hiya, > > I thought this might be an interesting one to keep in mind: > >
>>> http://newschallenge.org...
>> [snip]
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