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 and the open data community to support transformation of the highways and transport sectors. Projects include:
- Creating a series of workshops, hacks and training activities to explore practical data challenges in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Our next event is the Birmingham Highways Data Challenge on 25th and 26th November 2016.
- 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.
- Successful restructuring of the Future Highways Forum and its relationship to/with Landor LINKS. Plans now in place for sustainable delivery of the Forum members’ needs, and welcoming appointment of Jason Russell, Assistant Director of Highways at Surrey County Council as the new Chair for the Forum.
- Creation of active Future Highways community online (futurehighways.net), and on social media through Twitter (@futurehighways) and Linked In (Future Highways group) bringing open data, tech, academia and business sectors together around a shared interest in improving local highways.
- 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.