Data is changing. It opens our eyes. It changes the way we see the world. But has the way we see data changed too? This week’s Big Data Roundup takes an alternative look.

Literary Constellations chart iconic opening lines

Literary Constellations - the data of the opening line - data is changing

We often judge a book by its cover, but are we just as likely to judge a book by its opening line? Data artist Nick Rougeux created a series of beautiful Literary Constellations to compare what some of the most iconic opening sentences look like. The ‘data’ is organised by its grammatical structure, with the words in each sentence connected by lines, the length and direction of which are based on the length of the words and their parts of speech, respectively. While the results might not be a deep analysis of what it takes to open a literary masterpiece, it is a fascinating exercise in representing data in beautiful and unexpected ways.

One dataset visualised many ways

Data says a lot - sometimes too much

Data has a lot to say – sometimes too much! And if you let data ramble, you’re in danger of missing the insight you need. And to illustrate this, Data Visualiser Nathan Yau took one dataset and created 25 different charts – each one providing a different focus and interpretation. So, what do you do when you have a lot of data? Well, asking a question is usually a good start

Trump order strips privacy rights from non-US citizens

Privacy Shield – a framework that ensures a European’s personal data is protected in the US – was agreed just 6 months ago after years of negotiations. In the first few days in office, President Trump has signed an executive order that could jeopardise the agreement – which has been signed by 1500 companies, including Apple, Google and Microsoft. But what does that mean for the future of transatlantic data flow?

A Year in Language

A year in language

How is the English language changing? What wordy trends are emerging? And what new words are entering the conversation? These are the questions that the team at Google New Labs aimed to answer with a brand new visualisation. Launched this week, A Year in Language looks at the trends around how language is changing, as seen through the lens of Google search. So, do you know your Shill from your Shook and your Bigly from your Broccoli?

Can data restore our confidence in government?

Many forward thinking businesses cottoned on to it ages ago. The appointment of a Chief Data Officer can make a huge difference to efficiency and performance of a company. But can the CDO do the same thing for local government, finding financial savings, operational efficiency and increased civic engagement? And maybe even discovering a few reasons to restore public confidence in government too?

Cognitive Dance Party brings AI to the club

Watson brings AI to the club - data is changing


Daybreaker – the pre-work, early morning clubbing craze – partnered with IBM to host its first “cognitive dance party”. Watson’s AI engine is more commonly known for its work in health, finance and education, but it donned its sweatbands and dusted down its tightest lycra to plan workouts, pick tunes, decide on breakfast and use social media sentiment to light the dance floor.  And now Daybreaker is on its way to a city near you…



Posted in Big data, Media roundup On January 27, 2017 By