Data visualization and open government: from theory to practice

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM6XIICm_qo In this TED talk from earlier this year, Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the world wide web, outlines what he calls the 'next web', i.e. a web underpinned by structured machine-readable data, e.g. XML, JSON, CSV, with hackable, consistent URLs and well-described relationships. That's all a bit of mouthful, but what it means in essence is that the next big phase of web development will be about making data available to machines, whereas the first phase of the Internet development was more about making documents accessible to humans. This has of co...

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Digital trends presentation from Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker's Internet Presentation 2009 A presentation from influential digital analyst Mary Meeker on Internet and mobile trends. The first section is background demographic and economic data, so if you want to get to straight digital stuff flip forward to p. 29. Take home points: 1. mobile Internet's going to be big (which is something I think we've all heard before, though I think this time it's true). 2. Apple iPhone and iTouch are the fastest growing hardware platform in consumer tech history, (though it's worth noting that the iPhone and...

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The Guardian datastore

The Guardian Datastore is an excellent resource, where editors source and collate data (often as Google docs spreadsheets), which readers can then use to create their own mashups and visualizations. Amongst other things, they currently have the latest data on MP's expenses, world booze consumption and two centuries of bio diversity data from Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbriger explains why data and the Guardian Datastore matters. Also, the Guardian Datastore is running a competition for: 1) The best user experience for understanding meaning in data, and ...

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