Saturday, 17 November 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
A blog item advocating the end of the commercialisation of the postcode databases which allow plotting of particular postcode units on a map through an XY grid reference, and combining with all sorts of geo-referenced data. Compares to the US situation of free zip code access. Also mentions the movement for building up IP-free maps from individuals using GPS in their areas.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
This item criticises the effort going into "shiny front-ends" for data projects, focusing on the point that "the data is primary, the interface secondary" and that raw data (ASCII, XML, SQL dumps) is the most desirable format.
The ICPSR Official Representative (OR) meeting powerpoints from 18-20 October, 2007 are now available.Topics include:
- Managing Geographic Data: Formats, Versions, and Legal Issues
- Symposium: "The Present and Future of Federal Funding for Social Science Research"
- Thinking Big: Promoting Relationships That Promote Data
- Institutional Repositories and Data Archives: The Facts, the Fit, the Future
- Tinkering with Teaching: ICPSR Initiatives to Connect Data and Classroom
- Privacy in the Information Age
- The Politics of Political Polling - Social Science Computing and Technology on Campus
- New activities/projects at ICPSR
- Health Data: Comparative Issues
- New Frontiers in Information Retrieval and Resource Discovery
- International Data Issues: An International Perspective on Archiving and Data Sharing
ICPSR is the Inter-university consortium for political and social research,
an institutional membership-based social science data archive based at the University of Michigan.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
"Data sharing is catching on with sites like Swivel and ManyEyes making it possible to display, remix, and compare a wide range of data. As the practise of sharing biodata in online banks becomes more common, what are the implications for intellectual property and patient confidentiality?" (links to a 3 page article from First Author)
Friday, 9 November 2007
Peter Murray-Rust paper entitled Data-driven Science - A scientist's view - presented at the NSF/JISC Repositories Workshop