DeSeno, L. – Dataset pitches for 2/2

I found three datasets (unfortunately I think you have to pay to see the actual data) that could complement each other nicely for several stories:

  1.  It is possible that despite my search this topic has already been covered, but I think a simple, predominantly visual/graphic story – probably just for online and not print publications – focused on comparing the base line numbers of how many applications are available to each of the three operating system categories would be useful and interesting to some. Coming from a large family that couldn’t be more divided on Apple v. Windows v. Android, I think a visual comparison could tip the scales in favor of one or another for people either new to the smartphone world, thinking about switching, or in my case seeking evidence for a lively dinner debate.
  2. Building off of the first pitch, it might be more informative to break down the apps available to each of the three operating systems by category. With a little additional local market research, this story could be made timely and relevant to a number of largely populated areas. Using Nashville as an example, perhaps the headline could focus on live music and/or music production applications available to each operating system, and be an interactive graphic like those we viewed in class last week, that also presented the data for other categories like lifestyle apps or games. Or, you could choose one app category and put it in the context of numerous cities or regions. For instance, the number of restaurant and/or food production apps available to each operating system in the U.S.’s 15 largest cities. There are several ways to make the story timely or local, it would just be a matter of choosing the right application categories and applying them to relevant places.
  3. Gearing up for one of my first exams of the semester, I had a professor tell us that smart watches were absolutely prohibited during exam time. I’ve heard the standard no cell phone/electronics spiel hundreds of times throughout my time in the education system, but the topic of wearable technology really suck out to me. I think a story (disclaimer: I have no way of knowing if this data is in the datasets linked, it could require additional datasets) that took the apps provided by Apple, Android and Windows and found the number of each that were compatible with their corresponding wearable technology would be informative and well-received. Additionally, the story could benefit from further categorization into the apps from which you can only view posts/stats. and those that support input from the wearable technology itself. Then it would be much easier for consumers to see – through the app data – which devices were functional in the sense of interaction, and which ones were just expensive screens on which to view information, but be unable to contribute to it or update it.