Thoughts on Everyblock and context

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First, the grains of salt:


  • I don’t live in an EveryBlock city. I think a key part of EveryBlock is the visceral connection you have with your neighborhood. I don’t have that, so view my comments with that in mind.

  • Huge Adrian Holovaty fan. Huge Django fan. Big believer in breaking out of the story centric worldview ...

By: Matt Waite | Posted: Jan. 27, 2008 | Tags: Journalism, Databases | 1 comment

Molten content, data ghettos and why your CMS problems are an excuse, not a reason

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The other component of the data ghetto that bothers me is that you can’t find that data outside the ghetto. Please, someone point me to a place where there’s dynamic content being fed to the story level pages. I have yet to see where someone’s crime data is being fed into a story about a crime ...

By: Matt Waite | Posted: Jan. 11, 2008 | Tags: Journalism, Databases | 0 comments

Data ghettos

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One resolution for this year: Post more often. Starting now.

I’m not sold on the whole Data Desk/Data Center idea that a lot of newspaper websites are trying out. I hate to say all this because at a lot of places, the people responsible for them are my friends. But for all the love I have for ...

By: Matt Waite | Posted: Jan. 3, 2008 | Tags: Journalism, Databases | 0 comments