Thoughts on the data ecosystem

The Flex.io Blog

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. Meh. Data is simply a means to an end. So, how does one go from "data is super awesome" to actually getting value from it? Well, it's a...

[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...

[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...

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. However, for every well-researched map, there are even more incorrect graphics. The data viz boom has created all sorts of pitfalls, from intentionally misleading axes to lazily filtered statistics. And it's...