Posted by: Ian Bruk | August 9, 2006

Citizen Journalism Session At Wikimania mentions interesting developments in Open Government

Found this at the Grazr Blog:

Sunlight Foundation: interested in using tech and the social web to shine more light on the dark corners of congress. e.g. through congresspedia. Want everyone’s ideas about what we should be doing. Such as access to information that’s hidden in plain view. e.g. financial disclosures on paper. Have to wade through 535 .pdfs. Are digitizing these to make them searchable. can’t get in a unified way contracts and other layouts. that will be up in a month too. What other kinds of content would people like to have at their fingertips? Want help in building the apis for mashing things up. Sunlight labs is working on tools tohelp bloggers and CJs do what they do. The pop-up politician, for example. If yoiu mention a representative, mouseover and a pic of the person pops up, and links out to various databases are there. make stuff available where people are looking rather than forcing the reader to look everywhere. We are deliberately a half-baked operation.

Frank Moretti, Columbia… my first exposure.. observation… Ethan had a value proposition for enfranchising people. Is that the agenda? Do CJs have an agenda having to do with social equality for example?Eric ? WikiNews? Distinciont between notions… from my POV. First is gathering of facts. Lots of people can contribute. Actual editing, facts into stories… these people need different tools. One tool is collaboriateive editing. subethaedit, moonedit… in real time. color coding the personal edits and differences. Other thing… video aggregation… process by which video streams come together.. segment them into pieces to be aggregated into larger story. Metavid(?). not just the resources themselves, but the integration of them. Also, investigative journalism… if I want to spend two months to research a topic, I also need to pay the rent. Need distributed funding,… Highest reputation have highest potential to gather funding.

Dan: JayRosen has Looks injto paying journalists

Andy Carvin, digitaldivide network. lots of poeple upload taggijng. SMS gets overlooked. after the tsunamis, set up internet retrieval cache… send sms messages based on tags. similarly, set up sms relay thorugh google groups.

Steve Garfield: for online vid editing… Jumpcut, ispot. Dabble.

Chris Messina: DemocracyPlayer. Mozes sms/slashroups… cool stuff. Used to work at civicspace. tools for creating online are limited and limiting. Flock can be used as a CJ toolkit, in effect. A way for people to easily blog and synchronize tagging… tagspace.. upllad rich content, podcasts,… content of people into browsers. making the web more of a read/write space. Need to look in to CJ workflows. How do you mak,e something living and breating like a wiki is? Push on the flock folks to continue doing that for a larger audience. Not just the myspace crowd.

Castlife, a mac program. Also interesting.___: want to see translation tools, other languages.___: how do you get to critical mass at the local level when locals can’t find or afford or know these resources…Dan: Civic space is build on Drupal, the most annoying best thing out there.___: accessibilty issues. transcribing podcasts, for exasmple.

Keith Hopper: need tools to make tools. Ruby on Rails, et. al. We should see the tools coming from the people using them. Not jsut from compusci geeks.___: an IM exchange… there is a real issue with real-time communication. Email is aysnch. there are a bunch of scattered tools for instant comms. ranging from text messaing to IM. Dan: If only the IM folks would cooperate, we’d be in better shape.___: In a place like India, $200 or $500 is a lot of money. If there is a way to use that sort of power in places that are underwpoered but have access to broadband…Dan: Transcription services from India are really cheap.

Chris: Ken ? is doing … works with quicktime… using community people to do lots of stuff. Vision by RogueAmoeba. Sean Coons had he’s addressing the issue head-on, with kiosks, etc.


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