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Afghanistan war logs revealed and mapped

This past Sunday, well-known whistle-blower site Wikileaks released over 91,000 secret US military reports, covering the war in Afghanistan. Each report contains the time, geographic…

Tardiness solves statistics theorems

Yeah, you read that right. Tardiness makes the world go 'round: One day in 1939, Berkeley doctoral candidate George Dantzig arrived late for a statistics…

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…

Data and its impact on journalism

In regards to the UK's recent boom in open data, Simon Rogers of the Guardian, ponders data's role in journalism, and the opportunities this new…

Egregious Citations Issued to BP

BP processes about 1.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, across six refineries in the United States. In total, 150 refineries in the United…

Data Science is catching on

Maybe there's something to this whole data science thing after all. Mike Loukides describes data science and where it's headed on O'Reilly Radar. It's a…

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…

Junk food equivalents of sugary drinks

Men's Health takes a look at America's most sugary drinks and their junk food equivalents. A Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream (venti size)…

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…

Why context is as important as the data itself

John Allen Paulos, a math professor at Temple University, explains, in the New York Times, the importance of the before and after of when you…

Wait. Something isn’t right here…

No clue where this is from, but something seems sort of off, no? I guess we should take the title literally. By the numbers... only. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt though, and assume this was just an honest mistake. Here's my guess about what happened.

Write your own TED talk with lies, damned lies and statistics

Sebastian Wernicke, an engagement manager at Oliver Wyman and former bioinformatics researcher, explains the results from his pseudo-analysis of TED talks. The result: a guide on how to give the ultimate TED talk.

How open data saved $3.2 billion

This is a story of fake charities and tax shelters. In an analysis of data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), it was found that billions of dollars in donations were collected by fraudulent organizations, with only a tiny portion going to the actual causes. In one case, only $1 out of every $100 went to helping the homeless. The rest of the money went to a tax shelter. Shameful.

How men and women label colors

Along the same lines of Dolores Labs' color experiment, Randall Munroe of xkcd reveals the results of his color survey. He took a slightly different…

Twitter data buffet is back in business

Almost a year and a half ago, Infochimps, the data repository slash marketplace, released a giant scrape of Twitter data representing 2.7 million users, 10…

R is an ‘epic fail’ – or how to make statisticians mad

Statisticians are mad and out for blood. Someone called R an epic fail and said it wasn't the next big thing. I know that R…

World data released ‘is a dream come true’

In another step towards open data and all that jazz, the World Bank released World Development Indicators 2010 today, which is meant to serve as…

TransparencyData makes campaign finance data easier to access

Anyone who's looked at campaign finance data knows it can get messy really quick (especially if you're getting it directly from the FEC). Sunlight Labs'…

Twitter predicts the future?

A recent study [pdf] by Sitaram Asur and Bernardo A. Huberman at HP Labs found that it's possible to use Twitter chatter to predict first-weekend…

IBM data propaganda – babies and old guys with glasses

IBM has been spreading the whole "smarter planet" spiel for a while now, but in the past few days, they've revealed the punchline. It's data.…

Buy and sell data at Data Marketplace

Add another site to the list of places to find the data you need. Data Marketplace connects people who want data to people who can…

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…