DEFT153 – Delivering Efficiency for Transport for the 153 local authorities in England – offers open data, digital, social media journalism, and transformational change support for media, public and private sector companies.
Founded in 2014 by highways consultant Teresa Jolley and transport journalist Pupul Chatterjee, DEFT153 Ltd is a Birmingham-based SME working locally and nationally with a range of clients.
We enable practical collaboration between large organisations, SME’s, research organisations, volunteer sector, journalists and the open data community to support transformation of the highways and transport sectors. Projects include:
- Creating workshops, hacks and collaborative activities to solve practical data challenges for Birmingham and the West Midlands. We’ve run the Birmingham Highways Data Challenge, Data Discovery Centre at Traffex, and are currently co-ordinating activities in the Transport Systems Catapult / West Midlands Combined Authority Intelligent Mobility Incubator in iCentrum.
- Working with BBC Data Unit in Bristol – providing data analysis services to BBC West of England for their pilot ‘solutions focussed journalism’ initiative. This involves working with open data sources and information that can be acquired through Freedom of Information requests.
- Lead partner in collaborative Research and Development bid submission to the Department for Transport with Placr Ltd (TransportAPI) and Landor LINKS to develop a prototype HighwaysAPI.
- Successful redesign of Future Highways conference delivered on 5th July 2016 for Landor LINKS, with sponsorship and high-level speakers including Department for Transport (DfT), Aston and Leeds Beckett Universities, local authority heads / directors of service, and delegates from across the highways maintenance, open data, tech, academia and energy sectors.
- Providing freelance digital and social media journalism services to ITV News Central since September 2015 for their livestream curation team. This led to developing significant digital footprint via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as reaching out to readers to source ‘user generated content’.
- Data journalism consultancy services to Victoria Derbyshire show, BBC News – with data analysis skills we were able to build up a case study for extensive use of Freedom of Information requests and use statistical tools for processing the data gathered through it to be able to present it to a large audience in an easy to grasp format.
- Freelance post-production support to a new series by investigative journalist Stacey Dooley for BBC Three.
- Social media, data and multimedia journalism service to Hemming Information Services since December 2015.