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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 I have a feeling it's…

Growing need for data heads

The New York Times, citing a number of bits from a recent McKinsey report on big data, reports: One hurdle is a talent and skills gap. The United States alone,…

Ben Fry on visualization future and data literacy

Ben Fry, co-creator of Processing and head of Fathom Design, talks data visualization with O'Reilly Radar editor Mac Slocum. When asked about the concern over visualization and analysis getting into…

Ben Cerveny talks Planetary and where they go next

Planetary, the iPad app for music exploration by Bloom, has hit the ground running. Out only a few days now, Planetary is already number four on the list of top…

Science as metaphor

In this article from Science from July 1998, award-winning journalist John Banville on the similarities and differences between art and science: Of course, art and science are fundamentally different in…

Coming soon: Bloom visualizes your music collection as planets

I almost never post about projects that aren't released yet, but the previews of Planetary from Bloom have got me excited. If you recall, we saw a taste of what…

Statistics is the sexiest subject around. And information design.

Natasha Singer for The New York Times starts the article on visualization and design with: "In an uncharted world of boundless data, information designers are our new navigators." Uh oh,…

The end of the Statistical Abstract of the United States?

There are rumblings, mostly among librarians, over the end of the Statistical Compendia branch of the Census Bureau, in 2012. The branch has produced the Statistical Abstract of the United…

Best of digital news design winners announced

The Society for News Design announced the winners of their annual digital competition. The New York Times, an obvious frontrunner, took home the Gold Award and Best in Show for…

Freakonomics is available on Netflix to watch instantly

FYI: Freakonomics, the Movie is available to watch instantly on Netflix right now. It is of course based on the highly recommended first book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.…

Data talks and keynotes from O’Reilly Strata conference

The sold out O'Reilly Strata conference was a success down in Santa Clara, California, with the next one already scheduled for 2011 in New York. There were lots of interesting…

Data conference: only a few days left for early registration + reader discount

In case you haven't heard, O'Reilly's new Strata Conference on "making data work" is coming soon February 1-3 in Santa Clara, California. It's three days chock-full of data talks, tutorials,…

Jon Stewart explains Wikileaks’ Cablegate

You've probably already heard and read about Wikileaks' Cablegate. If not, Andy Baio has a fine roundup with significant coverage and events to get you caught up quick. Alternatively, you…

How do people use Firefox?

Mozilla Labs just released a bunch of anonymized browsing data for their open data visualization competition: This competition is based on Mozilla's own open data program, Test Pilot. Test Pilot…

Telling Stories with Data, A VisWeek 2010 Workshop

This is a guest post by Joan DiMicco, who heads the IBM Visual Communication Lab. Matt McKeon, Karrie Karahalios, and Joan hosted a workshop on Telling Stories with Data. These…

Why Swivel shut down

Robert Kosara asked former Swivel co-founders Brian Mulloy and Dmitry Dimov about their thoughts on why Swivel shut down recently. Only the blog remains. In case you're unfamiliar, Swivel was…

Tune in live to Data Visualization and Infographics meetup

The NY Data Visualization and Infographics meetup is about to start, and you can tune in to the livecast below. It's 4:20pm PST right now, so they'll probably be starting…

Federal CTO on government and data

Tim O'Reilly and Aneesh Chopra, Federal Chief Technology Officer sit down for a chat on the US government's goals on open data and information accessibility. Disregard the infomercial feel to…

Graph site Verifiable closes shop

After a few years of fighting the good fight, charting and data site Verifiable closes shop in August. The idea spawned during an Edward Tufte workshop and developed into an…

Dabble DB acquired by Twitter

Smallthought Systems, the group behind Dabble DB, the easy-to-use online database system and Trendly, the exploration tool built on top of Google Analytics data, was acquired by Twitter last week:…

Maps and data score big grants from Knight News Challenge

Since 2007, the Knight News Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to fund "innovative ideas that develop platforms, tools and services to inform and transform community news, conversations…

Live webcast: Community Health Data Initiative

Health and Human Services (HHS) is about to announce the launch of their Community Health Data Initiative over in DC right now. The point is to make health data more…