Young boys cool off in a weir on the Berounka river close to a village of Dobrichovice, Czech Republic, Thursday, August 6, 2015. Image: Petr David Josek/Associated Press By Andrew Freedman2015-08-12 18:13:52 UTC It’s been a cruel, cruel summer for …

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  By their very nature users of open data are hard to track down. Looking at the most viewed and downloaded datasets for data.gov.uk raises more interesting questions that it answers. There are a few interesting signs, such as the …

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Yelp exists to empower and protect consumers, and we’re continually focused on how we can enhance our service while enhancing the ability for consumers to make smart transactional decisions along the way. A few years ago, we partnered with local …

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As expected, last week saw 4 days of high demand on our website and open data during the Tube strike and in the build up to it, with traffic at 1.67 x normal levels over Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th August. The strike started …

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Last week, the UN released updated population figures and projections. I just had a chance to go through them and the great key findings document (PDF, 1MB) that accompanies them. But before I dive in, how accurate are these projections? …

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SPC launches major new research project into widening participation to Higher Education The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have produced and published a set of analysis that looks into trends in HE. In particular their statistics on young …

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The usual complaint in Ghana is usually that of lack. A lack of resources, a lack of leadership, a lack of planning, etc. ad infinitum. However, one thing we apparently have no shortage of in this country are large, government …

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As politicians promise more and more open data to solve our problems, there is one big gap in our understanding: who is really using it? By their very nature users of open data are hard to track down. Looking at …

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We’re happy to say that the new Scottish Statistics website is now publicly available! Currently in beta, it’ll eventually be the official home of Scottish Statistics on the web, replacing the existing Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics. It is our largest site …

Scottish Statistics Beta – over 1 billion Scottish facts! Read more »

The RSS is planning a number of activities to commemorate World Statistics Day (WSD) — which is coming up on 20 October 2015 – and is encouraging members to get involved by running their own events. The RSS will be marking …

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