Open data doesn’t empower communities

Posted to Data Sharing  |  Nathan Yau

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 left by government, but i don’t see any of that in the data.gov.uk apps list. The reasons aren’t technical but psychosocial – the people and communities who could use this data to help tackle their own disadvantage and marginalisation don’t have the self-confident sense of entitlement that makes for successful civic hacktivism.

The groups that really need it also often don’t have the tech or know-how to make use of – or even collect useful data – to make a case for anything. People like us, the data and tech-savvy can help.

[via migurski]

Favorites

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search …

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.