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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Taking a Look at Facebook Statistics from All Facebook

Facebook started as a spinoff of Hot or Not in 2003. Now Facebook is the world's biggest online social network. It's certainly come a long…

Data Visualization is Only Part of the Answer to Big Data

How can we now cope with a large amount of data and still do a thorough job of analysis so that we don't miss the…

What’s Wrong With this Financial Bubble Chart?

If there's anything good that has come out of America's financial crisis, it's the interesting and high-quality infographics. This isn't one of them. Below is…

Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian on Statistics and Data

I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers…

Obama Launches Recovery.gov – Your $787 billion at Work

The Barack Obama administration is clearly making an effort to get information out to the public. We saw the plan to distribute billions of dollars…

Fail: Area Circles on Wall Street

I know next to nothing about the economy, stocks, and investments, but I do know a little bit about charts and graphs. The above area…

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…

Sensors in Footballs – Was the Pass Good?

Graduate student researchers are pretty much putting sensors in everything these days. There's always more data to collect and more information to gather. Computer engineering…

All You Can Eat at the Twitter Data Buffet

Philip from infochimps posts the results of some heavy Twitter scraping. Data for 2.7 million users, 10 million tweets, and 58 million edges (i.e. connections…

Do You Hate Statistics as Much as Everyone Else?

Photo by Darwin BellIt happened again. I told someone I study statistics. He told me that he hated statistics in college. It doesn't annoy me…

Scientists Can Now Map Your Dreams to an Image

I thought this was a joke when I first read it, but scientists from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed software that can map…

Amazon Gets In On the Public Data Arena

It was really only a matter of time, but Amazon now hosts public data sets. Not small data sets though - more like the ones…

Guess What State Searches for ‘Poo’ the Most – StateStats

StateStats is like Google Insights but on a state level. Type in a search term and get Google search levels with correlations to certain "metrics"…

Neighborhood Boundaries with Flickr Shapefiles

Neighborhood Boundaries by Tom Taylor uses Flickr Shapefiles and Yahoo! Geoplanet "to show you where the world thinks its neighbors are." Yahoo! provides access to…

US Oil Doesn’t Come From Where You Think it Does

Where do you think the US imports the most oil from? Most of us would probably say somewhere in the Middle East, but Jon Udell…

New York Times Visualization Lab – Collaboration with Many Eyes

It was just a little over a week ago that The New York Times announced their Developer Network i.e. Campaign Finance API. Yesterday, they announced…