Data at its most useful for journalism??
Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone.
(Text and image taken from www.wolframalpha.com)
We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be replied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.
A Toys R Us of data? ‘All under one roof’?
Wolfram Alpha appears to skip the middle man. The user types what they want to know into the search box. Wolfram Alpha then speedily trawls through all the data it has relevant to your query, and generates ‘dynamically computed results’, missing out the boring bit (written out data ie hundreds of numbers) you don’t want to see. So it’s not an original idea, but it’s a popular one.
Journalists can use this never ending source of data to find a fact/statistic in a fraction of time. You may say that Google does the same thing, but you don’t have to click through to other sites, the facts are there before your eyes.
For example, if you type in ‘Afghanistan‘…