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New Data Shows The Big Society is Failing

March 31, 2011

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New figures, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, show that people educated to degree level are 20 per cent more likely to volunteer than those with no qualifications at all. This could be interpreted by some as another sign that the Coalition Government is only interested in the top end of society. […]

Why is the Government Punishing London’s Arts Organisations?

March 30, 2011

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Today the arts council announced its funding decisions for the year ahead. The Guardian has published some really useful data which you can find here. To summarise 206 organisations have had their funding cut by 100 per cent. 49 of these organisations are in London. Nearly a quarter of the cuts have been made to […]

Government transparency: Is it working?

March 30, 2011

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  In this video David Cameron claims it his ambition to lead one of the most transparent governments in the world. To that end he has insisted that each government department publish every item of spending over £25,000 online at data.gov.uk. His hope is that the public will scrutinise this data and flag up waste […]

The Ethics of Data Journalism

March 30, 2011

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Data is no longer for geeks. The analysis of reams of data has been catapulted from the world of the bespectacled web programmer into the glamorous world of investigative journalism. For better or worse, the very nature of journalism is changing. The two biggest scoops of the past few years are without doubt the expenses […]

How to buy things from people who can’t spell

March 20, 2011

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My favorite thing to use the internet for is, of course, shopping. When I’m not blogging about data journalism the chances are I am scouring craigslist or eBay for costume jewellery or anything in leopard print. So I was thrilled to find Typo Buddy, a fantastic site which helps you search for misspelled items on […]

Is Ice Cream Strawberry Word Cloud

March 7, 2011

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What are you doing this evening?

March 3, 2011

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The Dressing up Data Girls can’t wait for Paul Bradshaw’s lecture! http://www.city.ac.uk/whatson/2011/3-mar/03032011-bradshaw.html