Topic: Technology

These posts explore the open technology commons, where widely available capability can be applied to business innovation.

Signal and Noise

Shortly after midnight on September 26, 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov stood between the analytical pronouncements of Cosmos 1382 in the Oko system and global nuclear war that might certainly annihilate civilization. Paranoid Soviet leaders had a system built to alert to a preemptive attack. It used infrared sensors to detect the hot gas plume [...]

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Displaying Census Data

This post should give you an idea of how census data can be displayed geographically using choropleth (an area that marks property on a map) outlines to communicate insight derived from analytical investigation to a broad audience. Every ten years, the US government makes a thorough counting of its citizens. With an estimated population of [...]

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D3 Visualization

The d3.unconf (“a one-day gathering of data visualization practitioners”) is coming Mar 29, 2014. I can’t wait. When it comes to exciting big data visualizations, so many are being built on the D3 (Data Driven Documents) library. There is great beauty in the investigation of data. D3 lets the data scientist share that beauty with [...]

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