Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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This American Data Set, Act I: Baseball Outliers

August 31, 2015 by Tyler Patterson

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

There’s a reason that practically everything that happens in a baseball game is meticulously tracked. Interesting baseball stories are often captured beautifully in data.

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Are Data Visualizations Trustworthy? Check the Data.

July 21, 2015 by Paulo Nascimento

It’s easier than ever to make your own data visualizations these days. Countless new charts are being posted to the internet every day, made with a growing number of tools and openly available data sets.

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Stormy Weather: Open Data Doesn't Mean Accessible Data

July 9, 2015 by Tyler Patterson

Governments have made a lot of data available in the last few years. In the U.S. alone, Data.gov hosts over 140,000 data sets, and many other cities and states have launched open data initiatives as well.

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Data Philanthropy: The Social Impact of Donating Data

July 1, 2015 by June Wu

Data is big these days. And in more than just one sense of the word.

Massive amounts of data are being collected through the expansion of technology, like mobile phones, social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—all as the field of data science surges in popularity. Being a data scientist was even crowned “the sexiest job of the 21st century“, adding it to the list of recently popularized professions that were once considered nerd territory and grounds for having your lunch stolen in grade school.

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The Push and Pull of Enterprise Data Collaboration

April 2, 2015 by Ken Kaczmarek

Like Doctor Dolittle’s famed pushmi-pullyu, enterprise data projects have a serious agility problem.

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Let a Thousand Data Silos Bloom

January 21, 2015 by Ken Kaczmarek

It’s a story as old as time. It’s a story of evolution, a story of freedom. And it’s a story of stuffing a genie back into its bottle.

Yes, I speak of the ancient enterprise battle royale: Productivity vs. Control.

These battles are constantly happening throughout the enterprise, usually with very good intentions. But, like so many good intentions, they often pave the road to, um… employee circumvention. Hey, gotta get stuff done, right?!?

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