Sessions at Mozilla Festival 2012 about journalism-mozfest on Sunday 11th November Full Festival Day

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  • (801) Jumping between Hacks and Hackers Communities

    by Mariano Blejman and Hacks Hackers Bs As

    We've been working hard last year and a half building the second biggest Hacks/Hackers community around the world with 1670 members, and about 15 meetups and hackathons.

    We've created the HHBA Media Party, biggest mediathon ever in Southamerica with 700 participants in three days.

    We've reached a level of "expertise" bringing these two worlds together that we'd love to share and discuss!

    The main questions we'll ask are:

    • How do we encourage open source communities to engage and contribute content ideas?
    • How do we encourage journalists to work with hackers?
    • What the heck does a journalist do in a hackathon, and why is that important?
    • Do journalists needs to learn to code? What for? How long does it take?

    We'll also share some protips on how to track ideas during the hackathon, how to keep datasets ready to go, and how to maintain the effort and energy of the community after the events.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

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  • (902) Election Hacking with OpenNews

    by dansinker

    Election season is the Super Bowl for news-application teams. Whether it's capturing live data streams on election night, creating innovative new approaches to mapping, building large-scale crowdsourcing infrastructure to fact check or data-dive, capturing real-time social sentiment, or simply creating new user experiences for presenting election results, developers inside the newsroom (and passionate indies) repeatedly pushed the envelope in the months leading up to the US Presidential elections.

    Just five days after election day, join seasoned newsroom developers, journalists, fact checkers and citizen reporters to compare notes, lessons learned, and develop new code and concepts arising from the just finished 2012 US elections.

    Come help document the amazing work done this election cycle, and start to design and hack new tools for covering, documenting, and reporting elections the world over.


    • Help design and hack new tools for election coverage: visualizations, data parsing, capturing social streams, and more.
    • See the current state of election coverage and learn what's possible moving forward--from some of the people that helped make it happen.
    • Help capture the 2012 election code strategies from news organizations--we'll be pushing these to OpenNews' Source project by the end of MozFest.

    Who should come?

    • Newsroom developers with code/lessons to share from the election
    • Civic-minded hackers/makers wanting to design & build election info-tools
    • People that want to engage with new ideas on how to cover elections on the open web.

    At 11:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (903) Creating visualizations using Linked Open Data

    by Alvaro Graves

    This session focuses on how to use multiple sources of Linked Open Data to create visualizations that later will be used in blogs, articles, etc.

    Using tools like SPARQL and Visualbox we will learn how to use Linked Open Data available on the Web to create visualizations.

    Since the tools used are Open Source, we are encouraging collaboration and feedback from the audience on how to improve them and make them easier for everyone to use.

    Who should come?

    • Some familiarity with HTML, SPARQL and programming languages is highly recommended but not necessary.

    At 11:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (801) Curating & Repackaging Citizen Video for the News

    by J. Nathan Matias

    This session is for:
    - Video bloggers & journalists
    - Translators
    - Designers & Techs
    - International bloggers & journalists

    An explosion in online video production has changed the nature of reporting and advocacy around the world. For civic actors, the problem has shifted from obtaining footage of important events to discovering and amplifying the important footage. Instead of shooting and editing video, newsrooms and bloggers now need to identify, verify, contextualize, translate and spread citizen video on the open web.

    In this session, we will discuss and design new workflows and technologies to repackage and share citizen video on the web.

    At 12:30pm to 2:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (212) F/LOSS workflows for grassroots publications

    by Libre Graphics mag

    Learn about the toolchain of Free/Libre Open Source Software tools available to produce a digital or printed publication. We will deal with software and systems that allow and facilitate collaborative design methodologies such as version control, IRC channels, wikis and mailing lists and see how these can be integrated in a publication and design workflow. In addition to highlighting specific tools, we will also discuss how editorial collaboration can be achieved at a distance.

    We'll briefly introduce the participants to the F/LOSS design software 'suite.' The Libre Graphics magazine will serve as a case study to present and share. By the end of the session, participants will collaboratively produce a small, zine-style publication using F/LOSS tools.

    At 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 2. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (213) Crashing the Party with Popcorn: A Scheming Session for the ITU

    by Tim Hwang

    In early December, the International Telecommunication Union will meet in Dubai to consider treaty commitments that will turn over significant aspects of Internet regulation to nations, stripping away functions that have always been managed through open, community-based approaches. Members of civic society and the general public are largely barred from these meetings: at the ITU, nations alone will decide the fate of the web.

    We're taking action. We've brought together a super-group of advocates, policy experts and campaigners to scheme about how to raise awareness internationally about the lack of public participation and transparency in these meetings, and to defend the self-governance of the Internet. It's looking like a great group - confirmed organizations so far include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Access Now and Free Press (with more on the way).

    In addition to this, Mozilla itself will be throwing its hat into the ring with an experimental micro-granting program that will accelerate these advocacy efforts, and work to broaden the grassroots community around these types of issues. We'll be discussing this, as well as planning the final few weeks as we march towards the meeting in December. Every willing hand helps, and we'd love to have you.


    • First, you'll get a crash course in the often hidden world of international politics around the Internet: what is the ITU? And, why is this upcoming meeting important?
    • Second, you'll learn about what advocacy organizations around the world are doing to raise awareness about these issues.
    • Finally, you'll hear about how you can get involved, and we'll talk about ideas that might drive awareness going into November.

    Who should come?

    • Concerned citizens of the Internet
    • Activists and advocates of the open web
    • Community organizers

    At 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 2. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (801) A Little AI Goes a Long Way: Building Smart, Dynamic, and Scalable Journalism and Media Systems

    by Knight Lab

    From Watson, to driverless cars, to Siri, artificial intelligence is beginning to show what it can do. Now it’s journalism’s turn: The emergence of text processing and machine learning toolkits and services means that it’s easier than ever to build some editorial intelligence into online journalism and media applications – producing systems that are smart, dynamic, and scalable.

    In this fireside, the Knight Lab will discuss some of the tools that are out there, what they can do, and how they can be used. We'll jumpstart the discussion by describing and showing some applications using this approach as well as hearing from other people in the community.

    Discussion leaders:

    • Larry Birnbaum
    • Scott Bradley
    • Shawn O’Banion

    At 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (902) Location-based Storytelling

    by Mark Boas, Jon Buckley and DataMinerUK

    Participants will work with custom Popcorn Maker templates to create a narrative about a place or location. This template advances the work by Laurian Gridinoc for the BBC.

    Participants will record an audio clip telling a story about a place - It could be as simple as their flight to London or walk to Ravensbourne - and develop a unique creation.

    At 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (903) Visualizing Relationships - Journalistic problems in a digital age

    by malev and Mariano Blejman

    Investigative Researchers deal with vast amounts of documents in different formats looking for relationships.

    Together we will pursue solutions for dealing with issues such as: semantic analytics and processing documents, extracting entities (datamining), analyzing and "saving" facts in a database system, the historic problem of co-references between entities (for example, how to deal with names who refer to the same person)

    We will also look for optimal ways to visualize facts: timelines, maps, networks graphs, treemaps, and more.

    Who should come?

    • coders, journalists, dataminers, designers

    We suggest attendees bring problems and ideas they have gathered or experienced on the above listed topics and work on discovering new solutions at our session.

    At 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (801) Hacktivism and Data Journalism

    by La Nacion and Brom Ricardo German

    Data challenges and how hacktivism can help journalism change status quo:

    • Data and Access to Information context
    • Killing data skepticism by doing it yourself (if gov. doesn’t open data, do it yourself).
    • How we believe media must help promote a movement to open data and develop applications that will empower people´s participation and government accountability.
    • 4 examples of data challenges LA NACION solved in collaboration with hacktivism

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

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