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Another data-sharing, advanced visualization site

IBM has announced Many Eyes, a site for sharing and commenting on visualizations.
As with swivel, users can upload any data set, but the tools for visualizing and graphing the data are much richer. The visualization options include US and World maps, line graphs, stack graphs, bar charts, block histograms, bubble diagrams, scatter plots, network diagrams, pie charts, and treemaps.

Data Video at Gapminder

At Gapminder there is a link to a video of Hans Rosling's TED Talk Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA. Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life.

The video is definitely worth watching!

More on Open Data

Bill Hooker has written a nice article about ensuring that the data behind published scientific literature are made openly available.

Where are the data? Can I have them? What can I do with them? (17 Dec, 2006).

He takes a practical approach based on the perspective of a researcher.

RIN publishes report on researchers and discovery services

The UK Research Information Network "has published a report on the behaviour, perceptions and needs of researchers as users of discovery services."

Researchers and discovery services Behaviour, perceptions and needs (pdf)

One interesting quote:
The main uses of all the more general tools (such as Google, other forms of general web search and asking colleagues) are for more general background information activities.

An Opening for Open Data

The conference theme for IASSIST 2007, Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, is very timely given new interest in defining and describing the open data concept.

Can we build a data finder with google?

Google has announced a new service, that might make it possible for the data community to collaborate to build a customized data-finder.

Academic libraries and data

Shawn Nicholson pointed out on the IASSIST list:

 

"As a follow on to the talk we heard in Ann Arbor, this set of PowerPoint presentations might be of interest: http://www.arl.org/info/events/ncr "

 

NSF Workshop on New Collaborative Relationships: The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe

Wikipedia entry for Data Library - please help!

Luis Martinez, IASSIST member and Data Librarian at the London School of Economics, has begun an entry on Wikipedia on the topic "Data Library". Luis welcomes this community's help in fleshing it out and providing more context. For those who have never been involved with Wikipedia, the editors come round and add comments, and often seem to judge the importance of an entry based on the number of people involved with 'curating' it. more...

New Database for Business Questions

The MIT Dewey Research Advisor is a database of business and economic FAQs and answers. The focus is definitely business and economics, but for those areas it is a useful and easy to use resource for finding quick answers to common data (particularly aggregate data and time series data) and statistical reference questions.

- jajacobs

New Search Engine

GovMine is a new search engine that might become useful in searches for data and statistics. Features that look particularly promising:
  • categorized grouping of search results, including a category "Statistical Data" (try this sample search).
  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

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    Resources

    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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