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December 28 2011

15:20

Idea Lab: Year in Review 2011

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It's been an eventful year on MediaShift's Idea Lab, marked by mergers, beta releases and site redesigns for the many innovators in digital media. This past year also saw the Knight Foundation announce 16 winners of its News Challenge contest, up from 12 grantees in 2010 -- and the total prize money hit $4.7 million, thanks in part to a $1 million contribution from Google.

A couple of themes that ran big among the winners this year were data and mobile. We saw the rise of the hacker-journalist, and many projects were focused on making sense of the stream of data -- think PANDA, ScraperWiki, OpenBlock Rural, Overview, SwiftRiver and DocumentCloud.

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We also saw new interpretations of journalism, such as NextDrop, a mobile platform that helps people in India find out when water is available; Poderopedia, a crowdsourced database that visualizes the relationships among Chile's elite; and the Awesome Foundation, which not only has an awesome name, but is using mini-grants to give others a chance to start up projects of their own.

Here's a look back at just some of the highlights on Idea Lab in 2011.

Just out of beta

Several Knight News Challenge winners announced considerable strides in their projects. The PANDA project, which aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, pushed out a first, and then a second, alpha, adding a login/registration system, dataset search, and complex query support, among other features. It has also been working to integrate directly with fellow News Challenge winner ScraperWiki. "This is speculative at the moment, but has the potential to make the API useful even to novice developers who might not be entirely comfortable writing shell scripts or cron jobs," explained PANDA's Christopher Groskopf.

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In December, LocalWiki, a 2010 Knight News Challenge winner, announced the first major release of its new LocalWiki software and launched its first focus community, serving Denton, Texas. The LocalWiki project is an ambitious effort to create community-owned, living information repositories that will provide much-needed context behind the people, places, and events that shape our communities.

In addition, SocMap.com, another 2010 Knight News Challenge winner, launched a "tweets" and "places" features on its site, along with plans to debut "local initiatives," "local questions," and a city-planning game in early 2012. And the Cartoonist, which aims to bring newsgames to the masses, showed off a working prototype of the Cartoonist engine for the first time during a demo day hosted by a Georgia Tech research center.

m&a alive and well

There's been no shortage of examples of innovation on Idea Lab, and innovation can, and did this year, lead to acquisitions. Spot.Us, a journalism crowdfunding project that was launched in November of 2008, announced that it was acquired by the Public Insight Network, which is part of American Public Media. "I hope that as Spot.Us and PIN merge, we can continue to push the boundaries in transparency and participation in the process of journalism so that media organizations can better serve the public," Spot.Us founder David Cohn wrote in a post announcing the acquisition.

And earlier in the year, DocumentCloud announced that it had found a long-term home for its project. The startup, which is a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web, merged operations with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a non-profit grassroots organization committed to fostering excellence in investigative journalism. "IRE has a long and established history of supporting investigative reporting, and we'll be a proud part of their ongoing work to provide journalists with tools that support their reporting," Amanda Hickman, DocumentCloud's former program director, announced.

hacking away

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The end of September brought with it a four-day hackathon in Berlin organized by Knight-Mozilla, and bringing together programmers and journalists from all over the world. Dan Sinker, who heads up the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership for Mozilla, wrote about the event, which jokingly became known as "Hacktoberfest," and followed up with some reflections on data journalism and opportunities for learning.

Just weeks later, Zeega participated in WFMU's Radiovision Festival, where creative developers and digital storytellers came together for a day of hacking and coding called "Re-Inventing Radio." At the festival, Zeega shared an ultra-early alpha version of its Zeega editor and three projects for people to experiment with.

Brought to you live

In November, we decided to host a live chat on Twitter on the use of SMS and texting technology by journalists, news organizations, radio shows and more. MobileActive's Melissa Ulbricht and Sean McDonald of FrontlineSMS were two Knight News Challenge winners who participated in the live chat, in an effort to explain how services and projects are using SMS to help connect people to important news and information in communities where Internet access is limited.

MobileActive released its Mobile Media Toolkit earlier this year, which provides how-to guides, wireless tools, and case studies on how mobile phones are being used for reporting, news broadcasting, and citizen media.

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awards and accolades

A key lesson learned this year was that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better when it comes to new media. The Tiziano Project beat out both CNN and NPR at the 2011 Online Journalism Awards, taking home the Community Collaboration award for its project 360 Kurdistan -- an immersive, nonlinear platform for exploring the culture of the region from the perspectives of both local and professional journalists.

The 2011 award from the Knight Foundation will help the Tiziano Project further develop the 360 technology into a scalable platform that other organizations can use, according to Jon Vidar, the project's executive director. "We will then curate these future 360s on an interactive map and develop a communication layer that will sit on top, allowing visitors to participate in a universal dialog with our students," he wrote in a post.

And November saw Knight-Mozilla announce its 2011/12 News Technology fellows. ScraperWiki's Nicola Hughes and Dan Schultz, a 2007 Knight News Challenge winner and tech wizard extraordinaire for our MediaShift and Idea Lab sites, were two of the innovators who were selected to participate in helping newsrooms around the world develop prototypes for digitally delivering news and information.

No doubt there will be more fantastic innovations and awards to come in 2012! We're looking forward to sharing them with you here on Idea Lab.

December 20 2011

23:23

Net2 Featured Projects 2011: Expert Patient 2.0

The first project to appear in our “reflections on 2011” blog series is Expert Patient 2.0, a project submitted to the NetSquared Project Gallery in June 2011. To better understand the idea behind the project, and learn more what happened since it was submitted to the Project Gallery I talked to Dr. Manuel Serrano Gill, an M.D/Ph.D from Spain who is a president of the Education Health and Society Foundation -- a non-profit national institution, based in the Murcia Community in Spain.

If you have any questions to the interviewee or myself, please do not hesitate to ask. Also: feel free to reach out to Dr. Serrano or to the NetSquared team if you would like to support the Expert Patient Project or collaborate on it.

 

Where It All Starts

Expert Patient is based on exploring how illness management practices are embedded into people’s everyday life, and encourage patients who are currently undergoing a treatment, or successfully finished it to share their experience with others. The overall aim of the project is to empower the patients who suffer from obesity or diabetes by enabling them to act as active participants of the treatment process. Expert Patient 2.0 wants to take the offline therapy meetings to another level -- we can talk and exchange best practises quicker and more effectively in the new 2.0 reality. This is where technology comes into play.

 

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The goal of Expert Patient 2.0 is to translate Dr. Serrano’s expertise into a successful online illness management system. The project would be located on an interactive platform and would involve webinars, video testimonials, articles, forums and online meetups. Even though Dr. Serrano’s project originates from Murcia, Spain it already has an international dimension, as similar activities are taking place in Russia. The project’s aim is to be come truly global (reach-wise), and very local.

 

What Happened since?

Since Dr. Serrano submitted his project to the NetSquared Project Gallery, he has spoken about the concept at many conferences including one on new horizons of medical care in Novosybirsk, Russia, and has been actively looking for collaborators. 

Leave a comment below or contact the Net2 team -- we will connect you with the Expert Patient 2.0 team!

 

Coming soon are the blog posts about other great projects and ideas that were submitted to the Net2 Project Gallery in 2011. Want to know which ones? Stay tuned!

 

December 21 2010

15:59

2010 Year in Review: Community Highlights

As the year comes to a close, we're reminded to reflect back on some of the highlights from the last 12 months. This is the last in our series of year in review posts I've been sharing to highlight some of the exciting moments for NetSquared and our global community in 2010. 

The NetSquared Community is a global network of people who connect both on- and offline to talk, learn, and share their experiences with using technology for social impact. In this post, I'll share some information about the current state of our global community - and some of the great things that happened in 2010!

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15:57

2010 Year in Review: Interviews to Inspire

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brtsergio/1275188911/in/photostream/As the year comes to a close, we're reminded to reflect back on some of the highlights from the last 12 months. This is the third of four year in review posts I'll be sharing to highlight some of the exciting moments for NetSquared and our global community in 2010.

In this post, I'm taking a look back at all of the Interviews from 2010. I hope these amazing people bring you some inspiration for the new year!

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December 17 2010

17:45

2010 Year in Review: Think Tanks to Keep You Thinking

As the year comes to a close, we're reminded to reflect back on some of the highlights from the last 12 months. This is the second of four year in review posts I'll be sharing to highlight some of the exciting moments for NetSquared and our global community in 2010. In this post, I'm taking a look back at all of the Net2 Think Tanks from 2010.

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December 15 2010

09:46
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