Three Favorites from the Knight News Challenge

The Knight New Challenge, in it’s 5th year, is a very cool effort to fund ideas that mashup aspects of the news industry with new tech.  Looking at the winners from the past four years…I think most are more about inspiration than viability, and that’s just fine.  Here’s three that stood out to me…
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imageMediaBugs.org. The idea is to have a mechanism to allow the ‘crowd’ to report errors in reporting.  Cool idea…probably needs a way for a user to trivially report an error while reading from a news site, like nytimes.com, to gain traction.

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image ushahidi.com.  The idea here is a map based system for sharing information in a crisis.  Apparently was used following the Haiti earthquake.  Very cool!!

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image documentcloud.org. Idea is to facilate sharing of documents used as sources in news stories.  I could imagine this idea could grow into community or algorithmic fact checking.

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Getting Really Large Images onto WordPress

image I wanted to added zoomable versions of some very large visualizations to the site this evening.  So I uploaded them to GigaPan (actually, some had been uploaded years ago), and embedded them on the site, and everything works great!!  Click on the ‘Data Art’ tab above to see for yourself.  Here’s the steps if you’re interested…

  1. GigaPan only accepts images that are 50 megapixels or more, which is really large.  If your image is large, but not that large, download SmillaEnlarger and increase the size a little.
  2. Sign up for a GigaPan account if you don’t already have one.
  3. Download GigaPan uploader.
  4. Install the uploader, and upload the image.  The software was pretty easy to use.  When the upload is finished, you’ll get a url for the image that includes a 5 digit id.  One of mine was 65469, for example.
  5. On the wordpress page or post where you want the image, place the following code (replacing 65469 with your image’s id):
    <iframe src=http://www.gigapan.org/media/gigapans/65469/options/nosnapshots/iframe/flash.html?height=400 frameborder=”0″ height=”400″ scrolling=”no” width=”100%”></iframe>
  6. That’s it!  You’ll get something like this…

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First Data Visualization Meetup—Nov 10th

Lately Zhou Yu and I have been working to start a data visualization meetup in the Bay Area…something that surprisingly doesn’t already exist.  Well (finally!) we have scheduled our first meetup, a talk by Stamen CEO Eric Rodenbeck (bio).  We’re still looking for a regular venue for our meetups (ideally, one in SF and one on the Peninsula), but for now, Jeff Heer of Stanford has been good enough to allow us to use a classroom on campus.  I have no doubt this topic is going to attract a fantastic group of people.  Come join us!!

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