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Target Store Openings Since the First in 1962 – Data Now Available

FlowingData readers who have been around for a while will remember I made a map early this year that showed the growth of Target stores across America. It starts with…

NYC BigApps Competition – $20k In Prize Money

It's exciting times for data heads. The launch of Data.gov back in May got things jump started; San Francisco recently announced DataSF; and now New York is getting in on…

30 Resources to Find the Data You Need

Let's say you have this idea for a visualization or application, or you're just curious about some trend. But you have a problem. You can't find the data, and without…

Share and Sell Data with Infochimps (100 Invites)

There's a lot of data on the Web, but it's all very scattered. At the same time, there's a lot of data sitting on people's hard drives that we don't…

Online Dating Service Analyzes Intro Messages – How to Get a Response

Online dating can be tricky. What do you say? How do you reply to people? What should you put in your profile? Should you use that profile picture from 15…

What Cell Phone Provider is Best For You?

Picking a cell phone plan is confusing, but it doesn't have to be. Providers purposely make it that way, so you don't see all that you're forking over per month…

Low Income Hinders College Attendance, Even for Top Students

What if you were a good student but knew you weren't going to be able to go to college? I was fortunate enough for most of my life to know…

Data is the New Hot, Drop-dead Gorgeous Field

We all know this already, but it's nice to get some backing from The New York Times every now and then. In this NYT article, that I'm sure has spread…

IT Dashboard and Data from USAspending.gov

Taking another step towards data transparency, the US government provides the IT dashboard via USAspending.gov: The IT Dashboard provides the public with an online window into the details of Federal…

Taking a Closer Look at Airplane-Bird Collisions

While we're on the subject of flight, ever since that plane landed in the Hudson River a few months ago, the thought of bird-airplane collisions haven't strayed too far from…

Explore World Data with Factbook eXplorer from OECD

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) makes a lot of world indicators available (e.g. world population and birth rate). Much of it goes unnoticed, because most people just…

The Devil is in the Digits?

Photo by Leo Reynolds Undoubtedly you've been seeing a lot of headlines about the stuff going on in Iran. If you haven't, you must be living under a rock. One…

The Current State of Social Data

Check out my guest post on The Guardian's Data Blog on the current state of social data applications. There are what seems like a ton of them but none of…

Poll: Will Data Always Be Just For Geeks?

Photo by penmachine I threw out a random thought a couple of months back. I tweeted, "Remember when computers used to be just for geeks? Now they're ubiquitous. We can…

Rise of the Data Scientist

Photo by majamarko As we've all read by now, Google's chief economist Hal Varian commented in January that the next sexy job in the next 10 years would be statisticians.…

What’s Wrong With this Graphic on the Future of Information?

This graphic on the history and future of information has been making the rounds. Several people sent it to me a while back, but it didn't seem quite right, so…

Data.gov is Live – Get Your Data While it’s Hot

Big news. Data.gov is now live. Government data is at your fingertips. The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the…

37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About

You might not know it, but there are actually a ton of data and visualization blogs out there. I'm a bit of a feed addict subscribing to just about anything…

Google Adds Search to Public Data

Google announced today that they have made a small subset of public datasets searchable. Search for unemployment rate and you'll see a thumbnail at the top of the results. Click…

Tracking Swine Flu Worldwide – Where and How, Plus Data

Just about everywhere you go there's something in the news about swine flu, and so naturally, when I first heard about it, I waited for The New York Times to…

Narrow-minded Data Visualization

I was going to let this one slide, but people kept commenting, essentially trashing FlowingData, and that's just not cool. As you might recall, I put in my picks for…

Millions of Money-in-Politics Data Records Now Available

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a research group well-known for its tracking of monetary influence on United States politics, announced some great news. Their expansive dataset is now available…