Empower your users to contribute
For publishers, the open journalism toolkit offers a free off-the-shelf solution to some of the digital newsroom’s current challenges including crowdmapping, mobile publishing, liveblogging and collaborating with users.
It can be easily configured to incorporate the look and feel of your own branded editorial products. The level of technical knowledge required is minimal – less than that required to set up a blog in most scenarios.
Moderate and curate
The new photo gallery tool called Hash Gordon offers some handy moderation capabilities. We’ve written some guidelines on on how to use it here.
Build photo galleries
A crowdmapping project can be setup in less than 5 minutes. See our step-by-step guide on how to create, customise and embed a crowdmap on your own web site.
Create a crowdmap
Open up your events listings
Offer your community an open space for sharing event listings and then feed them into your web site where you can manage, edit and display them the way that makes the most sense for you.
Develop a sales channel
Create deal flow by fostering an open and social environment close to your domain and then draw in new paying customers directly on your domain.
Build social classifieds
Being able to harness the knowledge of your readers to map stories and information can bring data to life in a way that people find easy to relate to and which becomes valuable sticky content. We wanted to make the crowdmapping process so easy that anyone with an internet connection or mobile phone can take part without any specialist knowledge or skills. The n0tice.com tools mean that entering basic information onto a project noticeboard captures the location data behind the scenes and turns it into a feed that can then be directly embeddded into pages on your publishing system. Information is updated in real-time giving you live data into the pages.
Whether for your own reporters’ use and/or to enable your local users to easily supply eyewitness accounts, the n0tice iphone app provides a simple to use way for people to see it, snap it and share it.
Because the app attaches a geo-location to every posting it’s easy for you to track what’s happening near you and the internal messaging system allows for easy contact between users, helping you involve more people on the ground to build up the bigger picture.
Posting reports using n0tice (whether online, mobile or via the app) allows for continuous updating making liveblogging by one or multiple contributors possible. Additionally the updates can be text, pictures, multimedia or any mix of those. The update box will add the next post to the thread and create a running story as it unfolds through participation.
Embedding multimedia is really just a simple copy and paste. Anywhere n0tice sees a URL it will translate the link into a piece of content. For example, including the URL of a tweet in a liveblog update automatically embeds the full tweet into the flow – likewise a flickr pic, youtube video, stream media links etc. All content via n0tice integrates with facebook and twitter allowing for easy dissemination of your content.
In today’s fast-moving media cycle it’s critical to know who is involved and when things change, but it’s also important to give people easy ways to spread information. n0tice has easy re-posting capabilities so that curators can adopt your headlines and share them further across the network with other people. The platform also has automatic notifications so you are aware when people act on your posts.
We know you’ll need to measure the performance of all this activity so a package of analytics tools has been built-in so that you can track useage, devices, locations across all the usual metrics in real-time. Tweets from n0tice generate a bitly link for easy tracking too. We use Google Analytics so you can see unique visitors, bounce rates, time spent, top content, top traffic sources, etc.
Whether you’re focused on covering a local area, an issue with a short lifespan, a hobby or interest area, or just an experiment, n0tice gives you lots of options for making it look the way you want for your intended audience. First, choose a name for your ‘noticeboard’. A noticeboard is an open space for participation that you can shape as you wish. Then upload a logo and background image, and adjust the typeface and layout preferences. You’ll have your own customised space to share with your audience in less than 5 minutes.
There are several hooks that will help you maintain high levels of quality participation. There are defensive measures like the ability to remove posts from your space, and the community can flag questionable posts, as well. The moderation tools will help you identify and act on material that falls outside your guidelines. There are also incentives to encourage positive behavior such as voting and following and the ‘interesting’ algorithm.
The n0tice platform was built with clever data feeds from the very beginning. You can pull all the raw data of your own posted to n0tice or any combination of concepts into a customised feed of posts for whatever context that matters to you. Feeds of news reports can be pumped into WordPress, for example, or event posts can be fed into a caledar app. You could also create an “Editor’s Picks” feed of posts selected by your own staff and then tighten the moderation controls so that only posts with no flags get sent to you.
You can find more details on how to identify the content feeds that you need on the ‘For Developers’ page.
Crowdmapping in practice
The Guardian has been actively applying crowdmapping to a range
of concepts from investigations to advertising campaigns tocommunity participation projects.
Want a chat about how this could fit into your newsroom? Like a presentation or demo to your decision-makers? Contact Matt or Sarah for more.