Posts By Tony Lockett

Data journalism and the European elections

I’m following a Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on data journalism organized by the European Journalism Centre at the moment. This week’s assignment required students to find four examples of data journalism and to say briefly: What does each story do? How was it created? How is it illustrated? What technologies were used to createRead… Read more »

Spain tops European elections online debate

Following on from my previous post, here are the latest trends in the online debate about the forthcoming European elections (based on statistics collected during the last week). The online debate is growing steadily There have been more than 200,000 mentions of the European elections during the last seven days (social media, news sites, blogs,Read… Read more »

How diverse is the online conversation about the European elections?

The online conversation about the European elections provides some fascinating insights into the issues at stake, the electoral process and the positions of the protagonists from the different sides of the debate. But if we step back a bit from the specifics of the election campaign, what can these online exchanges tell us more generallyRead… Read more »

Can we measure social media’s impact on the European elections?

With three months still to go, people are already talking about the European elections on social media. But will social media actually make a difference? And, perhaps more importantly, can we get beyond speculation and measure the impact of social media on the 2014 European elections? In this post, I’m going to take a briefRead… Read more »

All good things must come to an end …

My time is almost up at the University of Washington. We are packing our bags and getting ready to return to Brussels in a couple of weeks. The Fellowship has been a fantastic experience, and I have enjoyed sharing some of my adventures with you on this blog. A big thanks to everyone who hasRead… Read more »

The benefits of open data

Where is the money going? As part of its response to the economic crisis, the US federal government approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – a stimulus package worth $787 billion (subsequently increased to $840 billion) – in February 2009. The Act provides financing for tax cuts and benefits, “entitlement programs” (such as unemploymentRead… Read more »

Govloop – a knowledge network for government

According to the small world theory, we are all six connections or less away from anyone else on the planet. I’ve been putting this theory to the test during my stay here in the USA by trying to connect with various people who are doing interesting things with digital media. One of the people IRead… Read more »