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Hopper – new in the travel space

January 19, 2014
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Hopper – new in the travel space

Briefly - Hopper is something new in the travel / local space. In their own words: What if you could plan an amazing trip based on a vague idea — like “spring surfing in California” or “Mediterranean cruise”? What if...

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FitBit: A great product with an even better website

December 29, 2013
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FitBit: A great product with an even better website

Briefly - Wakako gave me (actually us) a FitBit for Christmas. This is a great product if you are (like me) motivated by data to take action. While I appreciate the device design (small but functional), I really like the...

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Review: Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

December 29, 2013
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Review: Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

Information is Beautiful is a thought provoking labour of love by one of the first true data journalists, David McCandless. It is a simply structured collection of graphical interpretations of a variety of interesting statistics, factoids and opinions. It is...

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Knoema – Yet Another Data Engine

December 27, 2013
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Knoema – Yet Another Data Engine

Knoema is another data engine (it's probably time for some sort of bake-off evaluation among these services). In their own words and pictures:

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Quandl the Data Engine

December 25, 2013
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Quandl the Data Engine

A while back, I wrote for some time on this blog about 'data engines' - search engines dedicated to online (statistical) data sets. These included BuzzData (now closed, transmogrified into LookBookHQ) datacollective.org Timetric Socrata Google Correlate Zanran DataMarket EidoSearch and...

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The Border of Search

December 2, 2013
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The Border of Search

The original proposition of a web search engine was to help you find the answer to your information need in a page or site on the web: if someone has already solved your problem, let us help you find their...

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Farewell to d8taplex.com

October 22, 2013
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Farewell to d8taplex.com

Last night I shutdown d8taplex.com. This was a site that I used to demonstrate a number of experimental systems that I'd been playing with. These included: A search engine for tabular data (indexing over 1 million time series) A specialized...

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Local Search and The Probability of Failure

September 28, 2013
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Local Search and The Probability of Failure

Infogroup - one of the leading providers of business listings - has an interesting post on their site about the problem of errors in local data. In this article they talk specifically about the error of business closure and the...

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Strategy Metaphors in Soccer

September 17, 2013
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Strategy Metaphors in Soccer

I play football (soccer) every week in a recreational indoor league. While this is a pretty hectic game with no real time to breathe, I've noticed a few patterns that, in the moment, convince me that there should be a...

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Import.io Site Wrapping for the Masses?

September 15, 2013
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Import.io Site Wrapping for the Masses?

I recently came across a new startup product called import.io. The product provides a site wrapping tool which allows anyone to create wrappers for sites with repeated structured information and thereby access the data on the site. For example, one...

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