It’s possible for the average person to collect and analyze unprecedented amounts of data about themselves. What was once the province of extreme athletes and dieters has been democratized and the resulting movement is called ‘The Quantified Self.’ Brooke speaks with Gary Wolf, who coined the term, a number of self-quantifiers, and MIT professor Deb Roy about what all this personal data really tells us about ourselves.
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Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt on Open Data: Merritt and host Adriel Hampton discuss open data principles, open standards and APIs, and how to use social principles to get more value out of government data.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a pretty important person when it comes to the 21st century. He pretty much invented the World Wide Web, and currently leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
He’s also a big proponent of linked data — a concept that he says differs somewhat from open data.