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  • nmw 12:18:16 on 2014/03/21 Permalink
    Tags: chaos, chaotic, cost, , data collection, emerge, emergence, fund, funding, information, method, methodologies, methodology, methods, natural, nature, pay, payment, price, research, science, scientific, value   

    Big Data vs. Pig Data 

    Yesterday I posted a tongue-in-cheek remark about “pig data” on facebook [ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152278337104002 ]

    Pig Data

    Pig Data

    If big data are muddy, then they need to be cleaned up before there is any potential to profit from them. Big data with only hope to help them “emerge” from the chaos are of little or no more value than the pigs above emerging from the mud.

    As John Battelle thinks out loud about “potential information” (which is, I feel, just another way of saying “data yet to be collected”) [ http://battellemedia.com/archives/2014/03/unleashing-potential-information.php ], I hope he devotes some attention to the research methodologies that are fundamental to how “science” works, Very few of the data being collected or shared online are “scientifically” collected, scientific methodology is not very widespread online. In other words: Most of the so-called data are useless.

    This will probably change over time, but the main reason why it might change is not down to some process of “natural emergence” from chaos, but rather because someone is willing to pay for reliable and verifiable research methods to be employed.

     
    • nmw 17:45:59 on 2014/03/23 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This article this quote is from is a colorful description of how a healthy appreciation of science and scientific methods are vital to being able to draw upon a useful pool of usable data:

      fact-checking and enrichment of data is essential for museums if we are to provide an accurate, reliable and authoritative resource for our audiences.

      http://paolov.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/what-is-a-curator

  • nmw 16:39:33 on 2014/02/22 Permalink
    Tags: , , domain name, domain names, , duplicate content, information, site, sites, ,   

    AWESOME: “it comes down to owning your own domain” 

    One reason I don’t post on LinkedIn that often is my habit of writing here: there are very few times I come up with an idea that doesn’t feel like it belongs on my own site. And by the time I’ve posted it here, it seems like overkill to go ahead and repost it over on LinkedIn (even though they encourage exactly that kind of behavior). I mean, what kind of an egomaniac needs to post the same words on two different platforms? And from what I recall, Google tends to penalize you in search results if it thinks you’re posting in more than one place.

    http://battellemedia.com/archives/2014/02/linked-in-is-now-a-publishing-platform-cool-but-first-get-your-own-site.php

    One thing John Battelle doesn’t say: It really doesn’t matter what Google thinks is good or bad — yet that is somehow the sort of implied next step! 😉

     
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