Tuesday, 9 March 2010

What the flip is data? Why the flip should I be bothered?

What is data?

It’s information. It may be bicycle accidents. It may be crime figures. It may be the location of street lights or a leisure centre.

Pretty boring, yes?

On it’s own probably. But it starts to get really, really interesting when that information gets presented in an easily digestible way. Like on a map, say.

It gets even more interesting when several streams of information are put on the same map. It can make the world we live in look a different place.

Source: DAY TO DAY DATA: An idiot’s guide to what the data revolution means for local government

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