Friday lunchtime lecture: Is open data and journalism a match doomed to fail?

Friday 08 September 2017, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.


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Journalists have been slow to approach open data as a source of information, often relying on traditional approaches such as Freedom of Information requests.

In 2015, Jonathan Stoneman wrote a working paper “Does Open Data Need Journalism?” to show how things were slowly changing. With projects such as OpenCorporates and OpenPrescribing, access to data for journalists was becoming easier than ever.

But is it enough? And have there been too many missed opportunities for open data and journalism to truly live happily ever after?

About the speaker

Jonathan Stoneman is an ODI Registered Trainer, specialising in data journalism. He was a BBC journalist for 20 years, culminating as Head of World Service Training. Data work is the element of his freelance work which he enjoys most: he has delivered training to more than 600 BBC journalists, and likes nothing more than to curl up on his sofa with a good dataset!

Live stream

You can watch a live stream of this lunchtime lecture here from 1pm on Friday 8 September.