Thursday, July 5, 2012

Knight News Challenges

The Knight Foundation runs an annual "news challenge":

The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.
Numbers by Koen Vereeken
I was recently browsing through the many entries to the current stage of the challenge: "DATA"

We’re looking for new ways of collecting, understanding, visualizing and helping the public use the large amounts of information generated each day.

I encourage you to look through them, too. To whet your appetite, here are a handful that caught my eye:

This one might be good for a laugh?
Combine satire, open data, and software development to produce an informative, comedy hackathon centered around the 2012 election.

I've got an interest in rNews. It is nice to see it spread in the wild a little bit.
Enable publishers to automatically augment content with meta data in the rNews format, derived from natural language processing.

HTTP for Data / Python
And I've got a soft spot for Python, still one of my favourite programming languages of all time.
Improve Python, Numpy, Scipy for data science & big data. Lay groundwork for an open data web (“HTTP for Data”).

The fledgling Wikidata initiative is very interesting and has generated a lot of excitement in the semantic web world. Perhaps a little ambitious - a repository for all identifiers for everything - but the ambition is laudable.
Turn Wikidata into a common, free identifier repository for tagging, exploring, linking, and visualizing resources, news stories, and data everywhere.

News Event Service
And my name is on this one...
Create a news event registry and a curated event taxonomy based on both a daily crawl of global news and contributions from news providers.

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