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When data is inspiring, not just validating

Inspiring data not just validating data

As data analytics becomes a more pervasive business tool, a myth is perpetuating that all you need to diagnose any perplexing problem is more data. While quantitative analysis can play a powerful role in telling you what happens, getting to the crux of why something happens is just as important. After all, data is a source of inspiration, not just a source of validation.

Visualising global human rights performance

Human Rights Data

This year, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will mark its 70th anniversary. But even after 70 years, it still remains difficult to measure or compare governments’ human rights performance. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative aims to change this. Billed as the first global project to develop a comprehensive suite of metrics, the beta dataset and data visualisation tools measure key economic, social, civil and political rights. It’s hoped that the data will empower practitioners, advocates, researchers, journalists and others to speak clearer about human rights to hold governments to account.

Charting the relationship between wealth and happiness

Does wealth bring happiness? This interesting project charts the relationship between money and happiness by asking if richer countries have the happiest citizens… It compares GDP per capita with the self-reported happiness of those citizens. The results are perhaps surprising.

Why bad data is double the trouble for Machine Learning

Garbage in Garbage out - bad data

“Garbage-in, garbage-out” – an observation that has plagued data and analytics projects for as long they’ve been undertaken. However, this warning carries a special resonance for machine learning. Here, poor data quality is enemy number one. For more than one reason… And while machine learning is one of today’s hottest tech topics, until poor data quality is banished for good machine learning will struggle to find widespread adoption, and profitable results.

Using dataviz to understand the threat of nuclear war

Nuclear data

Trump may tweet about nuclear war casually. But a new dataviz shows the impact it would really have. The interactive visualisation, that lets you see the devastation a nuclear bomb would cause in your city, hasn’t been designed to scare you, though. “We use really good visualisations so people can truly understand the threat. We believe ordinary people can make a difference if they have the right tools to inspire them.” The new visualisation uses data from the Nuke Map we shared last year.

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Posted in Big data, Planning Analytics On April 6, 2018 By