We’ve rounded up the data and analytics stories that stand out, to share the most current, topical and interesting thinking in data.

Turning boring data privacy statements into pretty data visualisations

Data Privacy info visualised - data outliers

(left: Facebook, right: Google)

We’re warned about the increasing dangers of data privacy. And we all nod our heads and sagely agree. After all, we understand the implications of the wrong people getting their hands on our data, don’t we? But in practice, who actually has the time to read the privacy statement when signing up to a new service or downloading a new app? Be honest… Well, a new tool is here to help, turning these complex, inscrutable documents into easy to understand, beautiful data visualisations.

Street data – A visual record of 21st Century life 

Street data - A visual record of 21st Century 

Google Street View has changed the way we navigate unfamiliar turf, explore our surrounds and reveal the ground level insights on almost any given destination. But as a visual record of 21st-century society, Street View has the potential to reveal much more. By analysing random locations via Street View, researchers have been able to assess transport patterns, mobility, and even exercise habits of the local population. But, down the road, could it be used by demographers, health experts or policy makers?

How you and AI could help the Pentagon solve satellite frustrations

Not only can visual data and clever algorithms help discern the demographics of a street… it can also help in disaster relief or humanitarian missions. Or, at least, it could with your help. Concerned at the gap between the use of AI in industry and government, the Pentagon is offering $100,000 in prizes to develop algorithms that can interpret data from high-resolution satellite images. That competition launches next month.

Data Summit lineup announced 

data summit lineup announced

The line up for this year’s Data Summit in Edinburgh has been announced, with a host of internationally-acclaimed leaders in the field of data science confirmed as speakers. Leading the programme are Weapons of Math Destruction author Cathy O’Neil and former NASA astrophysicist turned data scientist, Kirk Borne. Get the full rundown here. Data Summit takes place on the 22 and 23 March, with the theme of ‘data driven innovation’.

Car of the future will sell your data

Car of the future will sell your data

Cars already gather and generate an astonishing amount of data. And it’s only going to grow. All this data-crunching allows drivers to build a better driving experience, enabling cars to predict flat tyres, avoid collisions and find a parking space… or recommend pizza for dinner! Well, if automakers and advertisers alike get their way, the latter will become a central part of the driving experience.

Some pretty cool maps

some pretty cool maps

The world’s major earthquakes by year, month, day, hour and minute; vehicle collisions in New York City; global migration trends; even the medal winners at PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics… These are just some of the “Cool Maps” on display demonstrating how data can be enriched with the power of location.

 

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Posted in Big data, Media roundup On February 23, 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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