Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

The Flex.io Blog

[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...

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. However, a critical problem often arises when people actually try to find the specific data relevant to their needs. Governments often don't tell people where to get the data. It doesn't...

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...

Like Doctor Dolittle's famed pushmi-pullyu, enterprise data projects have a serious agility problem. A recent story comes to mind. I was on a call with prospective customer to request data feeds for an analytics project.  We had performed a successful trial project, the business case was approved by management and everyone was happy. At last, we were ready to go into production. We simply needed data feeds for...