Washington Post’s TimeScale feature for Obama’s inauguration

I’ve been blogging about some of the new ways that news websites covered the inauguration and collaborated with their audiences. One interesting presentation was a feature called TimeSpace at the Washington Post. Simon Willison and I were taking a look at the guts of this, and it appears that they have built a platform that will allow them to quickly build features like this in the future.

TimeSpace one of those things that I do wonder who will use this and whether it was promoted enough on the front page. I like it, but I am always keen to see if this is something that appeals to a wider audience. I do believe that the geo-tagging elements that they have added have a wider application. The inauguration really highlighted a lot of new ways of showing this historic event. I’ll be interested to see what projects were one-offs and which ones have staying power.

Obama’s Transition team talks Technology, Innovation and Government Reform

President Barack Obama has already begun his first day in office, but it’s interesting to look back at his transition, which has won praise in Washington as one of the most organised and disciplined in history. During his transition, he launched a website, change.gov to not only outline his policies but also to seek input. This video is worth watching. Technology and change is challenging for any organisation whether you’re in the business of governing a country or running a news service. Obama’s Technology, Innovation and Government Reform talk about how they faced these challenges.