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The Upshot, a data-centric site from The New York Times launched

We heard a little bit about The Upshot last month. Now we get to see it. From editor David Leonhardt on what the site is…

The New York Times announced their data-driven news site, The Upshot

John McDuling for Quartz writes about the FiveThirtyEight replacement. David Leonhardt, the Times’ former Washington bureau chief, who is in charge of The Upshot, told…

Future of Statistics livestream

The Simply Statistics unconference just started a few minutes ago. Tune in live below. (Or, catch the recorded version if you're late.) …

Other than advertisers

The Onion tackles data privacy: "As a law-abiding resident of this nation, I have the right to do whatever I want without a shadowy organization…

Nothing to hide

With all the stuff going on with surveillance and data privacy — especially the past week — it's worthwhile to revisit this essay by Daniel…

Researchers store petabits of data with DNA

Using DNA as a storage device, Harvard researchers managed to store one million gigabits of data per cubic millimeter. Biology's databank, DNA has long…

Review of Tufte course

Thousands of people have attended Edward Tufte's one-day course on data graphics. Robert Kosara did not like it. My advice? Buy his books. Read them.…

Thoughts on the HCIL symposium

Last week I attended the 29th annual symposium at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland. The HCIL is famous for a little…

United Stats of America series premiere tonight

The series premiere of United Stats of America (See what they did there?) on History is tonight at 10/9c. Episodes explore the stats that help…

Open source Data Journalism Handbook launched

What used to be a small specialty in a few newsrooms has grown some larger wings in the past couple of years. The challenge though…

Gimme my data

We intentionally and unintentionally put data in places like Facebook and Google but most of us don't think much of it. In an interview with…

Shan Carter on data storytelling

Shan Carter, who makes interactive graphics for The New York Times, talks telling stories with data in his aptly named presentation, "How I tried…

Do you need a data scientist?

Cathy O'Neil on when there's enough data to justify a data scientist in the workplace: Too much to fit on an Excel spreadsheet. And it’s…

Popular Science data issue

The November issue of Popular Science is a special on data. There are a couple of original graphics by Jer Thorp and Jan Willem Tulp,…

Telling Stories with Data – VisWeek 2011

Note from Nathan: Last week, visualization researchers from all over gathered in Providence, Rhode Island for VisWeek 2011. One of the workshops, Telling Stories with…

Word clouds cause death… or something

Jacob Harris, a New York Times senior software architect, rants about how people like to use word clouds to tell stories: Of course, the biggest…

Smart people talk about art and data

A few months ago, a packed crowd gathered in Minneapolis for the Eyeo Festival to hear some of the best in data art, visualization, and…

Data-ish job openings

If you're good with data and looking for a job, you're in luck. There seem to be quite a few jobs out there. Here are…

Strata data conference: Last day for early bird registration + 20% off

Following the success of the Strata conference earlier this year here on the west coast, O'Reilly is hosting another event from September 19 to 23.…

Data Scientist: The hottest job you haven’t heard of

Maryalene LaPonsie describes some novel job called Data Scientist (although we've known about it for a while) and their role in competitive intelligence: Competitive intelligence…

Comparing current data boom to past waves

Pete Warden, for O'Reilly Radar, compares current data responsibilities with those of harbor masters from the Victorian era. Warden warns: Specialists like us who can…

Data tales, revolution, and journalism

On the Media's episode last week was on data, namely personal data collection, journalism, and two cautionary tales. I haven't listened to it yet, but…