From the New York Times – Hyperlocal sites are mining data and, for some, also using reporters, to deliver very local content to citizens. Check out EveryBlock, Outside.in, Placeblogger and Patch. It all sounded very cool when I read the Times article, but when I went to the sites, I was not impressed. Hyperlocal news has a long ways to go before I will find it useful. There was way too much superfluous news, like row after row of burglary listings, each virtually identical to the next. And the local news was either non-existent or meaningless. All I found out was that a store on Filmore Street had gone bankrupt. This reminds me of the sites that are attempting to become data repositories without any distillation and prioritization. Let’s be clear: it takes humans to make complicated information meaningful. The winning local news technology and the winning data technology will come from a combination of human intelligence and technological innovation.