History

Listen to the dawn of data journalism: Univac, the first Nate Silver

Data journalism seems so new, so cutting edge, but it actually has a long history. Numbers have always been a part of journalism, but technology opened up new opportunities to not only use numbers but also analyse them. The technology that has opened up these new horizons goes much farther back than most think, and I’ve found a message from what many argue is the first time a computer was used in journalism.

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Kevin: John Naughton has an excellent meditation about the internet and the pervasive search for easy answers. We're living through a revolution. Get used to it. As he writes, disruption is a feature not a bug. "By implementing these twin pro…

An interview with Ada Lovelace

This morning, I went to the Science Museum to talk to Ada Lovelace herself about Charles Babbage, his computing machines, and her vision and brilliance. Ada was a most fascinating lady, and I hope that because of today, more people will know not just about her, but about all the other amazing women in technology. I’d like to thank Steph… Read more →

What has prevented newspapers from being successful in the digital age?

In the daily flood of links that stream by me via RSS or Twitter, I noticed a post by Mark Schaver, the computer-assisted reporting director of the Louisville Kentucky Courier-Journal, in which he challenged the view of newspaper executives as short-sighted and out-of-touch. He pointed to a couple of projects in the US, Videotex and Knight-Ridder’s early investment in Netscape… Read more →

Future of News Princeton: Paul Starr

I’m at the Future of News workshop at Princeton University. I’ll be speaking about data visualisation tomorrow, but Princeton’s Paul Starr kicked things off. This is a bit of a ‘rush transcript’ as broadcast would say. I’ll go back and refine it over the day. We are on treachourous ground. Many who have tried to anticipate the future of news,… Read more →

Tracing the Evolution of Social Software

Christopher Allen writes an interesting essay on the history of social software. The term ‘social software’, which is now used to define software that supports group interaction, has only become relatively popular within the last two or more years. However, the core ideas of social software itself enjoy a much longer history, running back to Vannevar Bush’s ideas about ‘memex’… Read more →