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Data Sharing

When data gets creepy

You make and publish bits of data about yourself, intentionally and unintentionally, and it goes to the indexed public web or to companies' private black…

Revealing location history via your phone’s Wi-Fi

When you have your phone's Wi-Fi turned on, even if you're not connected to anything, you broadcast the networks you've connected to, which in turn…

How to Make Government Data Sites Better

Accessing government data from the source is frustrating. If you've done it, or at least tried to, you know the pain that is oddly formatted…

Strava Metro aims to help cities improve biking routes

Last month, Strava, which allows users to track their bike rides and runs, launched an interactive map that shows where people move worldwide. That seems…

Global status tracker for open government data

The Open Knowledge Foundation launched the Open Data Index, so you can see what data countries provide to their citizens. An increasing number of governments…

U.S. Open Data Institute

With a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, Waldo Jaquith pushes forward with the U.S. Open Data Institute, an effort to link government data sources…

Problematic databases used to track employee theft

Employee theft accounts for billions of dollars of lost merchandise per year, so it's a huge concern for retailers, but it often goes unreported as…

PDF data woes

We do not provide these tables in Excel or CSV format. You will have to cut and paste from the pdf. — A government group…

Open data doesn’t empower communities

internet.artizans reflects on the usefulness of open data: I'm inspired by the idea that nuggets of opened data could seed guerilla public services, plugging gaps…

Instant electric bike and data collector

When you ride your bicycle around, I bet you always wish for two things. First: "I wish this was electric so that I didn't have…

Tim Berners-Lee with an update on open data

If people put data on the Web - government data, scientific data, community data - whatever it is, it will be used by other people…

Open Thread: Is Google Latitude Dangerous?

Google recently released Google Latitude, which is an online application that lets you share your location with online friends: Of course when any application shares…

Walker Tracker – A Community Site for Pedometer Fans

Tracking your foot steps with a pedometer just became social.

100 Reasons You Should Be Interested in, Want to Share, and Get Excited About Data

When I talk about data, people often zone out or don't really see the interest. Why does this happen? People just don't understand the wonder…

Access Restrictions on the Release of Gun Sales Data

I just found this in my draft folder from a while back. It's kind of old news, but I think it's still worth mentioning. Gun…

Second Day of New York Taxi Strikes

As the second day of the New York taxi strike begins over GPS and credit card technology, I'm left wondering what taxi drivers are making…

Don’t want to share our data / OK, what’re you hiding?

I don't want my credit card numbers floating around, because then I'd be screwed. That kind of data needs to be locked up tight behind…

My Mission is to Collect Basic Data

I began my path of higher education at Berkeley as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student. As a stat graduate student, it's hard to…

Immigration Data Available from Homeland Security

There was a Sharp Rise Seen in Applications for Citizenship, as reported in The Times today, and of course there was a graphic to complement…

CitiStat: Injured on Duty “Data”

I was flipping through the channels the other night and came across a televised CitiStat meeting for June 1. A bit of a coincidence…