Archive for April, 2009

City Data

April 30, 2009

citydata_logoThis site has been around for a while and offers quite robust data on individual cities.  The owner is listed as Advameg, whose President is Lech Mazur.  City-Data.com

Still no progress on open data visualization

April 30, 2009

Author JMay arguing that the data visualization space is still waiting for a killer app.  See also link in blog to Microsoft’s DataDepot and WolfgramAlpha.  Still no progress on open data visualization

10 lessons from a failed startup » VentureBeat

April 30, 2009

10 lessons from a failed startup » VentureBeat

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Business intelligence startup Good Data raises $2.5M » VentureBeat

April 29, 2009

Business intelligence startup Good Data raises $2.5M » VentureBeat

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Google moves into public data

April 29, 2009

google-dataIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Google has flattered Data360.  From their blog, “We just launched a new search feature that makes it easy to find and compare public data.”  They have a nice dynamic graphing capability, although they don’t have any of the reporting and data calculation capabilities of Data360.  I also can’t see how you can download their data or upload data into their site.  Click here to see Google’s new data product.  Official Google Blog: Adding search power to public data#

Venture Beat has the following to say about Google’s entry into public data:

Google just launched an awesome new tool that allows you to chart public data, starting with unemployment and population numbers, making the information much more accessible.

The information that Google has charted, as well as the data it plans to add in the future, is already online, and usually available through, yes, a Google search. But finding, then navigating through, the web sites of organizations like the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics can be a pain — I speak from experience, since I was constantly looking for these sorts of numbers in my last job as a small-town government reporter. Google is trying to make it easier to find data through a Google search, and to help users better understand the data with its charts.

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SFGate Data Center

April 26, 2009

haystacksKudos to the Chronicle for beginning to post data, but they’re only showing the haystacks of data.  No insight.  They’ve got some work to do to get this right, but this is on the right track.  SFGate Data Center – Data and Searchable Databases

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Imagine Earth without people – environment – 12 October 2006 – New Scientist

April 26, 2009

carbon-dioxide-information-cdiacThanks to Frank G. for pointing out this article, about the impacts humans are having on the environment.  Great chart of the data from CDIACImagine Earth without people – environment – 12 October 2006 – New Scientist.

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More on the Future of News – Most Emailed

April 26, 2009

nytmostpopularMy news reading habits are changing…rapidly. I no longer even try to read print editions because I just can’t keep up and I can’t dedicate that much time to something for which I don’t know the return. I have taken to focusing on reading the “most emailed” sections of The New York Times and other papers as a way of getting at the things that are interesting to others that I don’t want to miss. I was just on yahoo looking at the comics. They have a huge section of comics, but I don’t have the time to wade through all of them every day. I started looking immediately for a “most emailed” for comics. They don’t have it, but they do have it for major news. I’d be especially interested in most emailed or most popular amongst my family and friends and clients. Wouldn’t that be cool if some company could build that? I’ll be LinkedIn is thinking about that.

makerfaire.com: Maker Faire

April 24, 2009

This looks very interesting to me.  I really hope I can take my family to see this!!!maker-faire-banner

 

From www.makerfaire.com

 

4th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area: Re-Make America

Following on President Obama’s call to “begin again the work of remaking America”, Maker Faire 2009 will be organized around the theme of Re-Make America. Held in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 30-31, Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama called “the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things.” The fourth annual Maker Faire will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country.

makerfaire.com: Maker Faire

Op-Ed Columnist – Swimming Without a Suit – NYTimes.com

April 22, 2009

naked-swimmerYou’ve got to read this article!  If you have any doubt about the importance of education to our economy and our future, please read this article.  The data is compelling.  Warren Buffett apparently once said, “only when the tide goes out do you find out who is not wearing a bathing suit.”  Well, America is naked in education and the tide has yet to go out…but it’s coming soon.  Op-Ed Columnist – Swimming Without a Suit – NYTimes.com

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