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Data in classical music

The harp is an instrument that couldn’t POSSIBLY be related to data in any way. Or can it? Although one of the oldest, arguably one of the most traditional and beautifully classical instruments with a sound so unique and therapeutic, … Continue reading

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Google, data and privacy abuse

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled that Google should face 20 years of monitoring. They were charged with deceptive privacy practices since the launch of their ‘twitter-esque’ social networking site, Buzz in early 2010. Thousands of people that had … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment: is it really as drastic as they say?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published some dramatic quotes last month relating to youth unemployment. The opposition leader, Ed Miliband, chants and jibes at the coalition for the ‘lost generation’. But figures that were not taken into account are … Continue reading

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Testing visualisation tools on the world’s most endangered species

In the Guardian Datastore, I found a spreadsheet outlining the number of endangered species in each country in 2008 and 2009. The document also subdivided the species into groups of mammals, reptiles, birds and so on. Usually, I start data … Continue reading

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How transparent is the data on OpenCharities?

OpenCharities gathers financial data from 319,851 non-profit organisations. However, it’s difficult to draw consistent observations from the data available. Some profiles are incomplete or out-of-date while others include a full financial breakdown. The only figures that are disclosed across the … Continue reading

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Is data making local government more transparent?

These days we are always reading about how local government is becoming more ‘accessible’ and ‘transparent’. Steps are being taken, largely through Freedom of Information requests, to open up details about council spending/ cuts/ initiatives/statistics. One of the main initiatives … Continue reading

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Data journalism from your mobile phone

U.S. telecoms carrier AT&T picked Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to build its fourth-generation mobile network, one of the first major orders for the new Long Term Evolution technology. They have called this mobile the new LTE mobile. The capacity is five … Continue reading

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