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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Now exploring your own data is more simple with this amazing google tool

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From Google's blog:
Over the past two years, we’ve made public data easier to find, explore and understand in several ways, providing unemployment figures, population statistics and world development indicators in search results, and introducing the Public Data Explorer tool. Together with our data provider partners, we’ve curated 27 datasets including more than 300 data metrics. You can now use the Public Data Explorer to visualize everything from labor productivity (OECD) to Internet speed (Ookla) to gender balance in parliaments (UNECE) to government debt levels (IMF) to population density by municipality (Statistics Catalonia), with more data being added every week.

Today, we’re opening the Public Data Explorer to your data. We’re making a new data format, the Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL), openly available, and providing an interface for anyone to upload their datasets. DSPL is an XML-based format designed from the ground up to support rich, interactive visualizations like those in the Public Data Explorer. The DSPL language and upload interface are available in Google Labs.

More here: 
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/visualize-your-own-data-in-google.html

Friday, February 4, 2011

Observing the world patterns

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When it comes to making conclusion about something based on the observations from world we must be cautious. Because we may end up doing that in hurry and making it fully dependent on and a function of what 'we- as an individuals and organization' know about the world or that specific world.
So critical thinking plays a very important role here. We should ask ourselves if observations and patterns like 'this' mean X to me, do they mean the same to others or something else? Such a measurement is more accurate and is not biased/restricted to the view. So this is where the 'opinions' and 'fact' differ from each other. The opinions take in account only some people's world knowledge where as fact are supported by many people and represent what is there and what is not and what it should be then.
So being careful on such biases is very important, because decisions with such biased support system are not scalable or are not sustainable. So to exist and grow follow the facts.
Yes there are places where we may contradict but, that depends on the need of that hour.