vrijdag 21 december 2012

In 3 steps from the old vinyl to digital

Before the digital revolution the type writer was your word processor, and the record player was your music center. What to do with your collection of big black disks? Throw them away, keep your record player, or buy new CD's? These options don't work for me as I am much attached to the old records and the memories that accompanies them. So digitize the whole collection. But how? Because after digitalizing, you need to store them and want play them over your amplifier and Dolby surround system in the den.
Published Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2013/01/5-steps-to-digitizing-your-old-vinyl-collection/

maandag 19 november 2012


Google News and other news search engines are 'content kleptomaniacs', said Rupert Murdoch in 2009 and he pulled his newspapers from the Google search results in 2010. However in September this year he changed his position and decided that the news snippets should reappear. Of course, traffic was going down and that means a loss of income. Now new ideas are emerging at the headquarters of cash strapped newspapers. Couldn't we start taxing Google and the others for publishing our content by creating an extension of the copyright, is the musing of media CEO's? Simply by creating a collecting society for Google tax, newspapers could join forces in the their fight against the digital thugs. Published at Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2012/11/should-newspapers-be-able-to-tax-google-news/

zondag 28 oktober 2012

How Data Can Save Journalism

Everybody has a mouthpiece now and the social media are facilitating this. News is everywhere and breaking news on the front page becomes obsolete, because the news is already out on social media like Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Is this also the end of journalism as far as we know it? (http://memeburn.com/2012/08/will-the-real-journalists-please-stand-up/)
Tweeps, bloggers and Facebook adapts are taking over the role of journalists, but is it quality reporting and professional journalism? Print media at least in Western part of the world are in bad weather: news papers are closing or merging and journalists are laid off. The public finds the news on the social media, and is ending their subscriptions. On the other hand the demand for quality reporting: background, news analysis and investigations is rising. Data journalism is one of the possibilities to renew journalism. (Published on Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2012/10/how-data-can-save-journalism-as-we-know-it/)

vrijdag 12 oktober 2012

De hinkstapsprong van de datajournalistiek

Datajournalistiek is een combinatie van verhalende journalistiek en verifiërende wetenschap. Phillip Meijer omschreef het in de Hedy Lamarr Lecture alsvolgt: “..in the second half of the 20th century, (when) journalists began experimenting with two new ways of making the quest for truth more manageable. Precision journalism borrowed the tools of science. Narrative journalism was based on art. In their early stages, these two approaches seemed to be in conflict. My argument today is that, in the 21st century, we should consider the possibility that we need both”. Heel mooi, maar deze combinatie heeft flink wat problemen. Zonder nuance en kort door de bocht: journalisten zijn slecht in rekenen en wetenschappers schrijven nogal saai. Hoe breng je dat samen? Henk van Ess en Hille van der Kaa, doen in het Handboek Datajournalistiek een geslaagde poging.
Gepubliceerd op De Nieuwe Reporter  en Persinnovatie

dinsdag 9 oktober 2012

HA-Twitter Network in Fusion Tables

The interactive graph below is a visualisation of the HA Twitter network in Fusion Tables network.

woensdag 12 september 2012


Analysis of the Twitter network at the Highway Africa conference using #HAGFMD2012. The prezi presentation shows the highlights. http://prezi.com/kdphldzuhdet/ha-twitter-network/ 

vrijdag 10 augustus 2012

Drones: News that flies

Obama must in youth have liked to watch those hobby airplanes, small radio controlled aircrafts with a motor running on alcohol. At least that is what I think about when a read stories about drones used in war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama doubled the number of drones attacks, resulting in between 1,492 and 2,378 a total number persons died between 2004 and 2011. Automated warfare, that is very efficient, but being a reporter, how about drone journalism?
Published Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2012/08/could-ar-drones-be-the-future-of-journalism/

dinsdag 31 juli 2012

Datajournalistiek: handboek of RTFM

The Data Journalism Handbook; Jonathan Gray, Lucy Chambers, Liliana Bouegru. O'Reilly Media.
Paperback edition $17,49; Kindle edition $13,79
Gratis online versie van het handbook op: http://www.datajournalismhandbook.org/1.0/en/

De lezers lopen weg, de advertentiesinkomsten dalen, en online levert nauwelijks iets op. Het gaat slecht met de kranten en dat leidt tot gesomber over de journalistiek. Gaat de journalistiek misschien met de oude media ten onder? Opmerkelijk is dat tegelijkertijd het aantal nieuwe uitdrukkingen en combinatie met journalistiek toeneemt: webjournalistiek, multimediajournalistiek, online journalistiek, digitale journalistiek, computer assisted reporting(CAR). Het afgelopen jaar kwam een nieuwe term in de mode: datajournalistiek. De journalistiek lijkt me verre van dood, maar te zeggen dat datajournalistiek iets heel nieuws is, gaat wat ver.
Gepubliceerd op: De Nieuwe Reporter

donderdag 19 juli 2012


Remote mouse
When I am giving a training I use my laptop for demo's or presentations. It often happens however that I am not sitting behind my machine, but walking through the classroom. For the next slide or other input on my laptop, I have to walk back. There are software solutions for this, but droidmote server and client steals the show. With the server running on the laptop and the client on an android phone, you have full controll using a remote mouse, keyboard, gamepad multi touch touchpad, over a wireless network. And with GamepadTouch2 enabled you even control touch screen devices.
Published at Gearburn: http://gearburn.com/2012/08/droidmote-a-contender-for-the-best-remote-control-app-weve-ever-seen/

Woonplaats Kamerleden

Naar NRC: http://digitaleeditie.nrc.nl/digitaleeditie/NH/2012/6/20120712___/1_04/index.html#page4

vrijdag 29 juni 2012

M&G is leading the Twitter Network in SA

Analyzing the Twitter network of 500 South African journalists shows a prominent role for the tweeps of the Mail&Guardian. Using the Twitter names on Hacks List (http://hacks.mediahack.co.za/ ) downloading their relations, and analyzing them in Gephi (www.gephi.org ) and NodeXL (http://nodexl.codeplex.com/ ) creates the following graph:
(Published at Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2012/07/how-to-make-your-journalistic-twitter-network-rock-a-case-study/)
Twitter 500 network of SA journalists

maandag 18 juni 2012

500 SA Journalists on Twitter

Are journalists on Twitter only following each other and preferable only those of the same media? That is an interesting question because the answer could shed some light on pluralism in the media and about the independence of journalists. The graph above may give an answer; it shows the network of Twitter relations between the top 500 South African Journalists on Twitter. These 506 tweeps share 2503 relationships; resulting in a density of 9%.  The colors show the different groups in the network and the size of the names reflects the authority of the tweep in the network.
Published at Journalism page Wits University, Joburg, SA: http://www.journalism.co.za/index.php/news-and-insight/insight/169-general/4991-sa-journalists-on-twitter-who-do-they-relate-to.html

Twitter network of 500 SA journalist. size set to authority and color to group

dinsdag 15 mei 2012


Making a comparison between the iPad3 and the ASUS Transformer Prime (TL201) is like watching a clash between titans. Apple gets definitely the honors for the break through of the tablet, starting with Ipad1. I used to work at that time on an HP TC 1100, very nice tablet with the computer in the screen, keyboard and pencil, but no one was then really interested. For me a fabulous machine still working after 6-7 years, but the iPad, although not really a computer, is more beautiful, lighter and faster for the day to day computer chores.
The iPad3 is even more impressive. Other tabletsfrom Samsung to Kindle fire for example, couldn't compete with this machines. So this would be my first Apple, I thought. However ASUS finally came up with a real alternative, the Transformer Prime TF201; here is the other titan who could engage in the battle on the market. Who is the winner?
Published at Gearburn: http://gearburn.com/2012/05/battle-of-the-beasts-the-new-ipad-vs-asus-transformer-prime/

dinsdag 17 april 2012


Sorry, he is not available, the shop assistant told me; ordering on line was no solution either. The ASUS Transformer was nowhere on stock. My rooted, white Pandigital tablet was too clumsy and slow to the job for mobile reporting and reading. I needed a real one. After quite some time, I decided to change my church, if there is no open source -Android tablet, then I'll take the new IPAD. I almost bought one when the shop assistant mentioned the ASUS, only two on stock. No, not the IPAD I want the Transformer, I yelled.
On Memeburn: why-the-new-ipad-might-not-be-the-tablet-that-saves-journalism

maandag 2 april 2012