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New IQ issue - intro from the editor

The IASSIST Quarterly (IQ Vol. 30 issue 2 - 2006) is now available on the web:

http://iassistdata.org/publications/iq/iqvol30.html

Winter came late in Denmark, but suddenly the situation was normal: snow came and traffic stopped. And now 14 days after spring was here in March. I sat outside in the sun reading articles. Still it's more difficult to write articles outside, we are waiting for the improvements of the computer screens.

Ontario University Libraries Launch New Data Service

The following press release was posted to the IASSIST listserv by Bo Wandschneider on 11 June: Ottawa: June 11, 2007 The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure Initiative (ODESI), which will provide university researchers with unprecedented access to a significant number of datasets in a web-based data extraction system that will be delivered through the highly successful Scholars' Portal model.

This infrastructure will be built on an international metadata standard

A *really* secure data center

The May 21 issue of Boing Boing describes the InfoBunker, a "Cold War era government command bunker converted into a data center". I realize that they're not referring to the same kind of data center we mean, but it was kind of fun to read about a data center that has "a self-sufficient power systems (six days' worth of diesel fuel; 17,000 gallons of water (for drinking and fire suppression); military-grade NBC air filtration). It's built to withstand a 20-megaton nuclear blast at 2.5 miles, according to the website, and I can believe it. Your data will be intact even if the rest of the Internet has been vaporized."

Submitted by Walter Giesbrecht

Google has acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software

A world in motion, The official Google Blog, March 16, 2007, by Marissa Mayer
In this regard, we are excited to announce that we have acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software, and we welcome the Trendalyzer team to Google. Trendalyzer generates moving graphics and other novel effects in the display of facts, figures, and statistics in presentations.

European Data Portal (CESSDA)

The Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) redesigned web site is now online at http://www.cessda.org. In addition to the new layout, the site has several new features including the CESSDA Data Portal which allows easy access to the catalogues of member organisations. Other pages provide a central news forum about CESSDA activities, links to official documents, contact details and other relevant information. more...

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.

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
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