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Analysing the stories of our planet

EarthTime - how the decisions we make change the world

Combining dramatic images from space with expert analysis of how humans are changing the planet, a new tool has been released with the aim of better informing us all about the how the decisions we make impact the planet. EarthTime ties together diverse data layers to show individuals, business leaders and policy makers alike, the patterns and connections behind some of the major social and political trends of the past two decades and how they are inscribed into fast-changing landscapes.

Data mining pictures to show the value of culture

Data mining pictures to show the value of culture

Economic factors – investments, jobs, income – don’t fully explain the prosperity of a city. For that you have to integrate the “cultural capital” too. However, unlike economic factors, culture is hard to measure. Now, in a quest to prove culture’s worth, researchers have mined photo-sharing site Flickr to rank and compare changes in cultural activity over time in New York and London to link human behavior to economic prosperity.

Who should hold the keys to our data?

Who should hold the keys to our data

Big data, personal data, open data, aggregate data and anonymised data. Each has issues: where does it originate? Who owns it? What it is worth? Still, these enormous data stores that governments, agencies, corporations, trusts and individuals hold are as much a key part of national and international infrastructure as the road network. And while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data is still an enormous force for good.

Every penny, every day till May – the cost of rent in the UK

Every penny, every day till May - the cost of rent in the UK

“A year’s rent takes up every penny earned by full-time workers until the first week of May.” New analysis combines data for the median rent of two-bed properties across England, Wales and Scotland with the median wage data from the ONS for each local authority. The resulting analysis by BBC’s Data Unit has been plotted on a clickable map of the UK that allows you to explore the change in the number of working days it takes to cover the rent in each individual local authority area across Great Britain.

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Posted in Big data, Media roundup On April 30, 2018 By

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Gordon Laing

Gordon Laing

After years spent plying a trade in journalism, I changed. But journalists never really change, do they? It’s always been about finding and sharing the best insight. And always will be.

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