Data Visualization of Climate Change: the State of Science

This video is a great data visualization of the state of science in global climate change. It was funded by the UN Foundation and produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia. It combines a range of impressive data visualizations depicting the human impacts on our environment with a clear commentary. As almost all scientists … Continue Reading »

Bokeh, a Python library for interactive visualization

Bokeh, a Python library by Continuum Analytics, helps you visualize your data on the web. Bokeh is a Python interactive visualization library for large datasets that natively uses the latest web technologies. Its goal is to provide elegant, concise construction of novel graphics in the style of Protovis/D3, while delivering high-performance interactivity over large data to … Continue Reading »

Databases for lazy people in Python

Friedrich Lindenberg and Gregor Aisch recently released a Python library called “dataset” that enables developers to use a SQL database like a JSON file or NoSQL store. Although managing data in a relational database has plenty of benefits, they’re rarely used in day-to-day work with small to medium scale datasets. Why is that? Why do we see … Continue Reading »

How to share data with a data scientist

Jeff Leek posted a very interesting guide for anyone who needs to share data with a statistician. The goals of this guide are to provide some instruction on the best way to share data to avoid the most common pitfalls and sources of delay in the transition from data collection to data analysis. The Leek group works … Continue Reading »

The importance of cities

In a recent post, Benjamin Barber stated that the “urban pragmatism is displacing national ideology, cosmopolitan cooperation is remedying parochial nationalism, bottom up city democracy is challenging top down statist bureaucracy.” Here the people live, work and consume. Cities are places were the problems were solved. Cities are the most efficient way for living. Or as Edward … Continue Reading »

Rising Seas

On their new world map, National Geographic shows what the coast lines of the world would look like if all the the glaciers, snow, and ice in the world melted, and therefore the sea level would rise by 216 feet. There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say … Continue Reading »

The Open Data Index

The Open Knowledge Foundation launched the Open Data Index, so you can see what data countries provide to their citizens. An increasing number of governments have committed to open up data, but how much key information is actually being released? Is the available data legally and technically usable so that citizens, civil society and businesses … Continue Reading »