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Tagged with “data” (12)

  1. On Point: E-Memory & Human Nature

    Human memory is a famously tricky thing. We remember some things. We forget a lot more. And we shape and sculpt the memories we do have with a vengeance. But more and more, the actual events of our lives are being recorded electronically. In Facebook albums and Twitter posts and smartphone files, yes, but also in thousands of digital transactions we don't even think about. Now, two top Microsoft computer scientists are talking about an era of e-memory — "total recall" — as a revolution in what it means to be human. This hour, On Point: E-memory, total recall, and human nature.

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  2. The Hacker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Don't panic: the next big science revolution isn't just for asteroid miners or CERN scientists.

    Just as science fiction has often shown the way to future inventions, the act of hacking is now generating prototypes that act as footholds for future explorations, discoveries and epiphanies in science. This presentation takes you on a tour of our universe (from black holes and dark matter to exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) and shows you how you can actively explore the final frontier through getting excited and making things.


    Ariel Waldman is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. She also organises Science Hack Day San Francisco, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, designers and people with good ideas to see what they can create in one weekend.

    Spotting a theme here? Ariel is mad about science and does everything she can to make it more accessible to everyone.

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  3. The Science Show - Open Data UK download audio

    From http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2010/3090466.htm After a long campaign dating back to 2006, the UK government has released once classified data, changing the previous secrecy code purveying over government work and data sets. Naomi Fowler reports on what's changed since the once secret data has been released. So is publishing data the new default position for government in the UK? Proponents argue releasing data allows new enterprises to emerge and site satellite navigation is a prime example.

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  4. Understanding Folksonomy (Tagging that Works) — dConstruct Audio Archive

    Thomas Vander Wal will provide an overview on tagging services and outline where there is value in tagging. This will focus on what is different in folksonomy that improves upon tagging, so that it becomes a powerful tool. Thomas will provides insights to help answer when to use tagging and/or categories, who should be tagging, the value of a tagcloud (or lack of value) when used properly, and how to create value from tagging to improve the sites and services we build.



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  5. Building on Strengths, Learning from Differences

    Baron Schwartz explains the major challenges facing open source databases, focusing on the changing place of open source databases in the modern world. These include NoSQL, solid-state storage, and cloud computing. Solid-state storage, which is superior to random reads, are built with spinning discs in mind and show great potential in stably handling massive increases in data volume, while cloud computing can decrease capital costs and will have lasting volume behind its current hype.

    Intermixing reports of progress and challenges, Baron Schwartz highlights many areas of progress within open source databases, but also notes that the progress is slow due to needless reinvention and scattered development without communication and organization in and between development companies.

    Other issues facing open source are in open source culture, such as too much competition, disagreements, and focus on hierarchy. To solve these problems, Baron Schwartz explains that forums and other avenues of communication are necessary, and that developers must focus on innovation and optimism more than failures and individual one-upmanship.

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  6. Tom Morris: When is a dataset not a dataset?

    The hackday project that crowdsourced data.gov.uk

    How many of the now 3241 datasets listed as part of data.gov.uk are easy to open up and play with? How many are tables for computers to analyse, instead of PDF reports for people to read?

    The Hacks and Hackers Hackday filled a Channel 4 office with journalists and developers on the final Friday in January. Our aim was to tell new stories with open data. Attendees already had form - the BBC's Open Secrets blogger Martin Rosenbaum, and data journalism teams from the Times, the Guardian, and the FT. Tom Loosemore judged our attempts in his role as head of hosts 4iP, alongside My Society boss Tom Steinberg. They awarded the prize to my team's analysis of Tory candidates. But another project promised to shed light on public data in the UK.

    Tom Morris was part of a team that looked into the quality of data.gov.uk. Although data.gov.uk advertises itself as a database of open datasets, many of the entries are actually PDF files. He built a prototype format checker that invites people to go through datasets and record the file format.


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