Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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Prepare your Data. Rinse. Repeat.

March 14, 2016 by Ken Kaczmarek

As everyone knows by now, data is the new black. Conventional wisdom says businesses will either be data-driven or be at a serious competitive disadvantage.

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Watching the Watchdogs: Open Data and the CFPB

January 14, 2016 by Tyler Patterson

One of the most important promises of open data from government agencies is the potential for greater transparency.

As Jeni Tennison, technical director of the Open Data Institute, puts it:

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Improving Data Access: Getting Past Step One

November 4, 2015 by Ken Kaczmarek

In my previous post, I explored commonalities found in any given “data project.” Here we’ll run the first of the five gauntlets: data access.

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Data Prep to Data Pipes: 5 Facets of a Data Project

October 27, 2015 by Ken Kaczmarek

At this point, we’ve all heard the news.

Data is growing at an exponential rate. Data is the new oil. Data is a strategic advantage. Data is big. Data is small. Certainly Goldilocks believes her porridge data is jusssst right.

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This American Data Set, Act III: Weather and the NFL

September 15, 2015 by Paulo Nascimento

[Editors note: As a bunch of data geeks, we always enjoy getting our hands dirty exploring interesting data. This is the third of a three-part series on data sets with a story to tell; check out part one and part two. Also, you can find the source data here.]

When looking at how well NFL teams perform, we often talk about everything from offensive formations to coaching and personnel to properly inflated footballs. But what about external factors beyond a team’s control – are there ever any scenarios where the cards are stacked?

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This American Data Set, Act II: Sugar, Vice & Nothing Nice

September 8, 2015 by June Wu

[Editors note: As a bunch of data geeks, we always enjoy getting our hands dirty exploring interesting data. This is the second of a three-part series on data sets with a story to tell; you can find part one here. Also, check out the source data here.]

Take a moment to close your eyes and think about the taste of an apple. Sweet, slightly tart and floral, but definitely still sweet. Fruits taste good because they contain sugar, but they are sugar lightweights when compared to the sweetened beverages that dominate our diets. For instance, the sweetness level of an apple is less than half of that of the average sugared drink!

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