Author Archives: Mark Braggins

About Mark Braggins

I’m interested in lots of things, in no particular order: society, politics, public services, open data, technology (and what you can do with it), wildlife, photography, the countryside, and long distance walking.

Down at heel: no longer

My ‘new’ boots sprung a leak after only a few months but I had walked 1,363 miles so it’s not surprising they needed a little specialist TLC. Continue reading

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Drawnalism Part 2 – the start of a journey

In this post my relationship with Drawnalism moves from ‘having a nice chat’, to us actually working together. Continue reading

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Drawnalism Part 1 – Knowledge Café

I have always been interested in the flow of information and knowledge. Why do some ideas sit inside a person’s head and go no further, whereas others catch the collective imagination and go on to influence thinking across the world? Continue reading

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Data for the Community: New research for Power to Change

Power To Change: empowering people Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports and develops community businesses in England. With an endowment of £150 million in 2015 from the Big Lottery Fund, Power to Change helps local people run … Continue reading

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Announcing Open Data Camp 5

This post was originally published on the Open Data Camp blog We are delighted to announce that Open Data Camp is returning once again. Open Data Camp 5 will be the weekend of 21/22 October at Queen’s University Belfast, in … Continue reading

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Revisiting ‘free’ Twitter reporting and analysis tools in 2016

In January 2012 I wrote  Ten of my favourite reporting and analysis tools for Twitter. Lots of people commented and suggested their own favourites, so a couple of months later I wrote a follow-up, imaginatively entitled Ten (more) of my favourite reporting and … Continue reading

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Pez Machines delivering self-driving cars, and other musings

This is the third instalment in a series of posts about transport in the future. The previous ones are: What does the future hold? [Transport] Thinking aloud: Back to the Future [of Transport] I have no idea how many I’ll write on this … Continue reading

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Thinking aloud: Back to the Future [of Transport]

A few days ago, I blogged: What does the future hold? [Transport], in which I began thinking aloud about what transport might look like in the future. It followed a Twitter conversation with John Murray and Caroline Robinson, and was prompted by Rob Price‘s article in … Continue reading

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What does the future hold? [Transport]

John Murray shared an interesting article this morning Aggressive drivers are going to bully self-driving cars https://t.co/PQelE0nvAV via @sai — John Murray (@MurrayData) October 23, 2016 The gist of the article is that – whilst autonomous vehicles can be instructed to take … Continue reading

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Thoughts about Talk About Local #TAL16

Last Saturday I left the house in the dark, and caught the first available bus. It had to be something good to get me out of bed that early in the morning at a weekend. It was… Guess where I am today? #TAL16 … Continue reading

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