links for 2010-08-18

  • Kevin: The genesis of the Hack/Hackers group that began in Silicon Valley, spread across the US and now has spread across the pond with a group in London. The meeting brings together technologists, developers and journalists to discuss the future of journalism and the media and build bridges between groups that had previously been quite separate.
  • Kevin: Andrew Finlayson takes a look at the impact that the semantic web will have on journalism. It's a layman's view of semantic web technology and linked data. I think he misunderstands Wolfram Alpha, and I think concerns about semantic web technology replacing reporters are irrelevant in the current context. Cut to the end: "the real promise for journalists is that it should soon offer us easy access to thousands of sources of raw data that we will use to tell meaningful stories about our communities."