Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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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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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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