A global trend towards open data, i.e. data that anyone can access, use and share without restriction is steadily replacing a previous tendency by governments to charge for Earth observations, especially satellite imagery. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was …

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These 19 ‘sets of data sets’ cover free or public data from various industries, including small and large, structured and unstructured data sets. Hone your data science and machine learning skills on these data sets, or use them for testing …

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Names: everyone’s got one but how has yours performed over the past 110 years? Are you a comeback kid, a disappearing act or a completely new entry? Find out using our interactive graphic that shows the top 100 names for baby …

Baby names since 1904: how has yours performed? Read more »

As mentioned previously on this blog, we were delighted to be involved in the ‘Late’ at the Science Museum on Wednesday August 31 as part of the ‘Our Lives in Data’ exhibition. It was great to see hundreds of people coming along to …

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African policy makers are increasingly called on to use evidence-based research to inform development decisions. But this requires the rigorous collection of data as well as a coordinated system to disseminate it. This is why Kenya-based African Population Health Research …

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This story was originally published by Data-Smart City Solutions. One of the great promises of open government this decade has been that it can serve as a catalyst for a new civic-centered… [[ …

The aim of this paper is to critically explore whether crowdsourced Big Data enables an inclusive humanitarian response at times of crisis. We argue that all data, including Big Data, are socially constructed artefacts that reflect the contexts and processes …

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Friday saw the first real world test of the data gathering tool. Surprisingly, it didn’t crash, erase any of the gathered data or otherwise combust spectacularly. I’m almost dissapointed. Instead, Ch…