Category Archives: Online Headlines

Online Headlines: Madison, Wis. Launches Open Data Platform

The City of Madison’s Open Data Portal can be found at https://data.cityofmadison.com/.  This is a separate initiative from the Madison Neighborhood Indicators Project, which is hosted by the UW-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory. From Government Technology, 1/8/2013: On Jan. 8, city officials announced … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: U.S. Census Will Offer Online Option

DISC News first noted the Census’ pending digital data collection initiative in May 2012 (Census Bureau Pushes Online Survey Response Option).  Now the Census Bureau has moved forward with the online response option for the American Community Survey: CBS News, U.S. Census … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Big Data Is Not the New Oil

A thought-provoking blog post at the Harvard Business Review by Jer Thorp, Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times, on an increasingly-popular metaphor. Every 14 minutes, somewhere in the world, an ad exec strides on stage with the same … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Think Like a Data Journalist

A fine article on using data to tell a news story, from DataBlog (The Guardian, UK), 11/14/2012, by Google’s Kathryn Hurley: While prepping for my Strata keynote with Simon Rogers, editor at the Guardian Datablog, I had the amazing and unique … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Impossible to Manipulate Labor Survey Data — Former BLS Head

From the Real Time Economics blog of the Wall Street Journal, 10/5/2012: Even if the U.S. government wanted to manipulate monthly jobs figures, it would be impossible to accomplish, said a former head of the U.S. government’s labor statistics agency. … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: House Panel Flat Funds NIH, Eliminates NIH Economics Research, Zeros out AHRQ, Attaches Policy Riders Designed to Repeal the ACA

From the COSSA Washington Update, July 23, 2012: On July 17th, the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recommended its version of the FY 2013 appropriation bill to the full Appropriations Committee. The measure takes full … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Is Data Is, or Is Data Ain’t, a Plural?

The Wall Street Journal has recently revised its style guide to allow the word “data” to be used as a singular as well as a plural: Most style guides and dictionaries have come to accept the use of the noun … Continue reading

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London 2012 Olympics Data

Simon Rogers of the Datablog at guardian.co.uk predicts that with the onset of the London 2012 Olympics on July 27, [W]e will be assaulted by data of every kind — results, medal tables, venue details; and that’s without the statistics-based … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: What Facebook Knows

Tom Simonite, Technology Review (MIT), July/August 2012 What Facebook Knows — a profile of the Facebook Data Team Even as Facebook has embedded itself into modern life, it hasn’t done that much with what it knows about us. Its stash … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: A Future Without Key Social and Economic Statistics for the Country

Since the U.S. House voted to kill both the American Community Survey and the Economic Survey, the response continues to build.  Meanwhile, the Senate is reportedly unlikely to agree with the de-funding of the ACS, and the White House has … Continue reading

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