Obtaining data is often the most difficult part of any analysis as access to resources is often restricted to academia or to those who can afford to buy it. It is rarely cheap. Even if you happen to be a student who is in a highly privileged position to accessContinue Reading

Information is Beautiful recently won a competition on Wired US magazine to revisualize a bloodwork test. This particularly appealed to me as my recent anaemia was recently presented to me as the number 8.4. Data without context isn’t particularly helpful (see the original image of the results): The context forContinue Reading

Merry Christmas everyone whether you celebrate or not. I couldn’t let a festive data theme opportunity go by so please enjoy the following yuletide infographic. Information on the origins, celebration and enjoyment of the Christmas tree is presented concisely and clearly in the graphic created by All In One GardenContinue Reading

Until December 24, the Radar column on the OReilly.com site is offering a bit of a data treat for all interested readers. So far the topics have covered charts, data from wikipedia, designing your own visualisations and an exploration of where to find data. One of the sites listed isContinue Reading

In line with the aim of being ‘the most open and transparent government in the world’, the Number10 website have released a section called transparency. Information is listed under the following sections: Business Plans: Check progress on implementing our policies Who does what in Whitehall: and how much are theyContinue Reading

The Datablog on the Guardian website posts stories along with the data behind them and some news items don’t get any more interesting with this inclusion. The headline: Hunting Act convictions at their highest. Get the figures here The story: Hunting Act convictions are at their highest yet according toContinue Reading

20 October 2010 was UN sponsored World Statistics Day The celebration of the World Statistics Day was meant to acknowledge the service provided by the global statistical system at national and international level, and hoped to help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics. The dayContinue Reading

“I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” p.189 The complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 A colleague once asked me what the best tools were for doingContinue Reading

TED is an organisation that promotes itself with the tag line ‘ideas worth spreading’. Presenters have included Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Dawkins and Malcolm Gladwell. There are also thousands more on the website (which also include transcripts). TED seems to be a place where all the coolContinue Reading