Data Roundup, September 18: On the Road Edition
We’re rounding up data news from the web each week. If you have a data news tip, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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School of Data News
The School of Data (aka Laura, Michael, and Jen) is on the road this week at the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki. We’d love to meet you at our workshop this Wednesday, or anytime during the festival, so if you’re here, please introduce yourself!
Gender and the Media: Women’s Representation in the Media is the best dataset to date on gender representation in the media. It’s been released on the Guardian datablog, and was created by Nathan Matias, Lynn Cherny, and Lisa Evans. (We’re excited that Lisa is joining the OKF OpenSpending team next month.)
My Open Source Cure: To help find a cure for his brain cancer, Salvatore Iaconesi cracks his closed medical records and shares his open medical data. A radically open, touching, experimental, and creative use of data.
Handsome Atlas: A funny and slick presentation of U.S. historical datavis by Jonathan Soma. Great lesson in the importance of considering language and design when presenting data. “Not your grandfather’s data visualizations. Probably your great-great-grandfather’s…”
The Distribution of Summer Temperatures,1950-2011: A 17-second video that illustrates the difference between summary statistics and temperature anomaly distributions.
Data Cuisine: An open data cooking workshop that explored representing data with culinary variables. Led by Moritz Stefaner, Miska Knapek, chef Antti Nurkka, and organized by Susanne Jaschko, the workshop was a satellite event of the Open Knowledge Festival, and the data results were tasty!