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Reading a Picture

November 30, 2016
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Reading a Picture

Visual storytelling Visualising data helps understanding facts. Sometimes it’s very easy to understand a graph; sometimes it’s necessary to read it and to study it to discover unknown territory. Such graphs are little masterpieces. Here’s one of these and I am sure the authors had more than one iteration and discussion while creating it. The … Continue reading Reading a Picture

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LOD MOOC

October 22, 2016
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LOD MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are available worldwide and offer tons of topics, also about Linked Open Data (LOD). An easy way to enter the semantic web. Two examples: HPI The Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam provides, for some years now, a course in Linked Data Engineering with a certificate. I did it some years ago and … Continue reading LOD MOOC

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20 Years Ago

September 1, 2016
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20 Years Ago

1996 On the 2nd of September 1996, Statistics Switzerland published its brand-new website, www.bfs.admin.ch. It was one of the first (if not the first) of the Swiss Administration (www.admin.ch). In three languages… … and already with quite rich structure and content. The Wayback Machine … … shows the developments since 1996 https://archive.org/web/. 1996: Handmade with Frontpage … Continue reading 20 Years Ago

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Disrupting Dissemination – From Print to Bots

August 3, 2016
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Disrupting Dissemination – From Print to Bots

Digitally disrupted data production “The collection of statistics has been digitally disrupted, along with everything else, and there are important questions about collection methods and whether or not “big data” genuinely offers promise for a giant leap forward in the productivity of official statistics.” This statement in Financial Times’ edition of August 20th, 2015 deals … Continue reading Disrupting Dissemination – From Print to Bots

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Statistics is Dead – Long Live Statistics

June 29, 2016
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Statistics is Dead – Long Live Statistics

To be an expert in a thematic field! Lee Baker wrote an article that will please the whole community of official statistics where specialists of many thematic fields (and not alone statisticians or mathematicians or … data scientists) are collecting, analysing, interpreting, explaining and publishing data. It’s this core message that counts: “… if you … Continue reading Statistics is Dead – Long Live Statistics

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Next Step in OGD Websites

May 4, 2016
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Next Step in OGD Websites

What DataUsa is doing could be – I guess – the next step in the evolution of Open Government Data websites. It’s the step from offering file downloads to presenting data (and not files) interactively. And it’s a kind of presentation many official statistical websites would surely be proud of. César A. Hidalgo from MIT discusses … Continue reading Next Step in OGD Websites

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Open Data Portals: News

February 3, 2016
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Open Data Portals: News

There are new or refurbished open data portals to be announced. opendata.swiss Switzerland just published opendata.swiss in a new look for a better presentation of data. See the press release. europeandataportal.eu The European Commission published some months ago the European Data Portal. europeandataportal.eu is much more than a collection of open data. It is an ecosystem … Continue reading Open Data Portals: News

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