Wednesday, 24 June 2009

The Guardian Datastore (& Competition)

Forget paying out loads of money for research and market insight – these days all you’ve got to do is log on to The Guardian’s new data-store, which has compiled a vast range of publicly available data in one place. Whatever your topic of interest – arts, culture, bird watching or plastic surgery – you can find data on it here. Before you rush off to mashup MP Expenses with public arts funding, hang on...
Because The Guardian are also launching a competition – challenging people to present the data in visually innovative ways.

We want to hear your ideas about how this data can be brought to life. Use our data to produce visualisations and mash ups that tell stories (like this), or build tools that will make this data easier to use (like this). It's completely up to you.
We're looking for ways to make data more valuable to people with the minimum of fuss, so we have two categories for submissions:

1) The best user experience for understanding meaning in data, and
2) The best tool for web developers to build other things with data
The entries judged to be the most useful will win a Flip Mino HD and will be featured on

For more information about the competition click here.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Litro Live!

Yesterday evening a small corner of St Pancras station was transformed into an inventive space full of music and the spoken word. 'An evening of live storytelling and music in celebration of journeys across borders'

Hosted on the terrace of The Betjeman Arms in St.Pancras' grand international station, it was the perfect place to drop by after work. I arrived in time to hear the voice of Kate Daisy Grant, whose acoustic harmonies were a welcome unwind after battling the busy streets post tube strike. To a background of intermittent tanoy announcements and trains departing for the exotic lands of Europe, travel writer Alistair Boyd shared some humorous anecdotes from his youthful adventures in the Amazon. Alistair is author of 'Royal Challenge Accepted: Around the world on five pounds' and 'Get up and go! Gilt-edged travel, shoestring' travel'. He reminded the audience that everyone is able to travel and life should always be on the go! Poetry from Hugo Williams was to follow and the eclectic line up even included artists Geoff Dyer and Jake Arnott.

Litro magazine runs monthly live events which usually take place at Rays Jazz Cafe in Foyles, Charing Cross. Just visit the Litro website to find more out about their exciting approach to fiction and associated live events across London.

Friday, 5 June 2009

CreateKX Networking Event: Don't miss out, book your place today!

Upcoming CreateKX event, the essential guide to learn how to get to who you want to know...

Networking: How to get to who you want to know
17th June 2009, 10am-1.30pm @ OneKX, King’s Cross
For organisations and businesses based in Camden and Islington
£7 including lunch

Nervous of networking? Shy of Selling?

Most people have an inbuilt fear and lack of confidence in networking to establish new contacts and generate more business or support. In a down turn it’s never been more important to be able to articulate who you are and what you do to forge new connections and creativity. New contacts are important but when was the last time you evaluated your own network and how that’s working for you and your business?

Sound daunting? Not a bit of it. You can do it and the good news is that help is at hand. If you’re ready to put your networking fears to bed once and for all this is the training for you. The interactive (and fun!) seminar includes a buffet lunch offering an ideal opportunity to put your new found tools and confidence to good use.

Led by Emma Courtney, Director of Courtney Consulting, Chartered Marketer and Approved NCVO Consultant.
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