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30 Resources to Find the Data You Need

30 Resources to Find the Data You Need
Let's say you have this idea for a visualization or application, or you're just curious about some trend. But you have a problem. You can't find the data, and without the data, you can't even start. Universities Being a graduate student, I always look to the library for books and resources. Data and Story Library - An online library of datafiles and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods, from Carnegie MellonBerkeley Data Lab - Part of the UC Berkeley library system. News Sources I'm sure you've seen a graphic in the paper or I guess more likely, on a news site, and wondered about another aspect of the data. Geographic Data Got some mapping software, but no geographic data? TIGER - From the US Census Bureau, detailed data about roads, railroads, rivers, and zipcodes. Sports America loves its sports, and thus, has decades of sports data. World Government and Politics General Sources Freebase - Free data and a community effort. Get it From an API Scrape the Data

Le database journalism pour nous sauver du « frogboiling » « Dat Ou pourquoi le database journalism s’oppose au journalisme traditionnel Pour ce quatrième post, il me semble plus que temps d’esquisser une définition de mon sujet d’étude : en une phrase, le database journalism, ou journalisme de données, consiste à exploiter des bases de données pour en extraire de l’information compréhensible par tous. Actuellement, les médias traditionnels traitent l’actualité par le récit (stories), ils racontent des histoires. A l’opposé, le database journalism initie un traitement de l’actualité par les données (data). Autrement dit : un dessin vaut mieux qu’un long discours. Pour ceux qui ne verraient pas d’emblée l’attrait des données par rapport aux récits, je vous renvoie au vibrant plaidoyer de Nicolas Vanbremeersch (aka Versac) sur slate.fr (Pour un journalisme de données). L’homme fait une montée record, et, le lendemain, dans la presse, rien d’autre que du commentaire. Journalisme traditionnel et journalisme de données reposent sur deux modèles opposés.

Significant Failure The US Office of Management and Budget issued new reporting guidelines this week for recipients of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the normally polite geek watchdog organization the Sunlight Foundation has come out swinging. "...[A]bsent from the new instruction is a requirement to make raw data public," Sunlight's co-founder and Executive Director, Ellen Miller, wrote this morning. "By not including raw data at Recovery.gov, transparency is dramatically reduced. Sunlight has argued strongly for raw data in machine readable formats as the starting point for Recovery.gov. The Recovery.gov site might surprise us and end up offering the data it collects in raw bulk formats, but without making preparation for that a requirement in reporting from recipients it seems unlikely to be done well, if at all. Why would the Obama Administration not offer raw bulk data as part of its much celebrated transparency?

Data360 Homepage The end of objectivity – web 2.0 version This week a new nail was driven into the coffin of the notion of journalistic objectivity. The culprit? The Washington Post’s leaked social media policy. The policy is aimed at preserving the appearance of objectivity rather than its actual existence. It focuses on what journalists are perceived to be, rather than what they actually do. And in doing so, it hits upon the very reason why their attempt is doomed from the start: “Our online data trails reflect on our professional reputations and those of The Washington Post. Our behaviour as journalists is now measurable. That pretence has been crumbling for years. Objectivity was always a phantom conjured by publishers to appeal to maximum audiences and advertisers [see comments fleshing out objectivity as method vs style]. “Objectivity is a construct of recent times. It was also born from 19th century beliefs in the scientific method and the search for abstract ‘truth’. Yes, journalists have opinions. Well, hold the front page. Like this:

Vos questions sur le journalisme de données - Atelier des medias Il y a quelques mois, le scandale des notes de frais des députés britanniques révélé par le Daily Telegraph a donné une visibilité particulière à ce que les spécialistes appellent le journalisme de données. Nous allons parler de ces nouvelles techniques journalistiques pour analyser des quantités importantes de données dans l'Atelier des médias cette semaine. Nous verrons également avec nos invités que l'accès aux données publiques reste un combat en France Invités: Vous pouvez adresser vos questions et faire part de vos réflexions dans les commentaires de ce billet. Pour en savoir plus:

20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs In the tradition of Inspired Mag’s huge lists, here goes a new one – all the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place! Enjoy and leave some comments with suggestions, questions and so on. Information is Beautiful Visual Compelxity Flowing Data Indexed Cool Infographics Chart Porn EagerEyes Simple Compelxity Data Visualization Well Formed Sankey Diagrams Cartogrammar Wall Stats Accuracy & Aesthetics iGraphics Explained Junk Charts Many Eyes Juice Analytics Good Magazine Learn the best designing practices with PMI-002 online web designing course.

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367 US Hospitals Now Use Social Media A total of 367 hospitals in the US now use one or more social media tools to reach patients and other stakeholders, according to the most recent analysis from Ed Bennett, a hospital website manager who maintains a site devoted to social media use by hospitals. Bennett's periodically updated tally, which is available in spreadsheet format on his website, shows that this social media use by hospitals and medical centers around the country further breaks down to encompass 186 YouTube channels, 190 Facebook pages, 267 Twitter accounts and 35 blogs. Bennett also reported that the use of YouTube and Twitter has grown dramatically over the past several years, though it has tapered off somewhat in the past few months. Social Media Influences Patients Studies from Manhattan Research found that online search plays a large role in health-information seeking, and that three-fourths of US nurses recommend health-related websites to patients.

Database journalism Willkommen - OffeneDaten.de Take Five Minutes to Watch 100 Years of Visual Effects - visual 7 études de cas en data journalism et visualisation de données « Beaucoup de veille en ce moment, et peu d’écrit. Voici quand même quelques études de cas à vous faire partager. Depuis un an que je piste les exemples de data journalism, je constate que les initiatives françaises sont bien rachitiques et que j’atterris le plus souvent sur des sites anglo-saxons. Avec le nytimes.com, le washingtonpost.com et le guardian.co.uk en pionniers du genre. Les études de cas ci-dessous illustrent assez bien l’état du journalisme de données français par rapport à ce qui se fait aux Etats-Unis, en Grande-Bretagne ou même en Espagne. Plusieurs facteurs se combinent pour expliquer ce décalage français : un rapport différent aux données, une histoire journalistique divergente, une culture de la transparence publique antagonique, un appareil législatif singulier et surtout des rédactions appauvries tant en moyens financiers qu’en compétences humaines. Le New York Times : leader américain en matière de data journalism. Un petit mot sur Gapminder. Like this:

Welcome - football.db - Open Football Data Social Network Statistics | Brian Solis - PR 2.0 inShare0 Source: Shutterstock Social Networks are among the most powerful examples of socialized media. As these communities permeate and reshape our lifestyle and how we communicate with one another, we’re involuntarily forcing advertisers and marketers to rapidly evolve how they vie for our attention. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Yelp, and other online communities transformed the regimen and practice of marketing “at” people into an opportunity to engage and interact with us – on our terms. But, the people who define each network are reticent to the hollow attempts of faceless friending and in-network marketing. As marketers, it’s your responsibility to peel back the layers of each network to observe and eventually interact with the very people you wish to reach. While nothing beats anthropological fieldwork and observation, let’s take a look at numbers behind the top social networks to get a better picture of network engagement and user demographics. 30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide) Age

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