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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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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 Some profiles are incomplete or out-of-date while others include a full financial breakdown.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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Experimenting with Tableau Public

Unlike Many Eyes or Wordle, you have to install Tableau Public on your computer. This put me off at first but in the end I dowloaded the software. I was immediately struck by how user-friendly it is – once I … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Visualization Tools

‘Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything … Continue reading

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Wolfram Alpha

Data at its most useful for journalism?? Goals Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. (Text and image taken from http://www.wolframalpha.com) We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every … Continue reading

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