Today Blog about Stats got this comment from The Best Colleges’ Homepage
‘We wanted to let you know that your blog was included in our list of the top 50 statistics blogs of 2011. Our goal was to highlight blogs that students and prospective students will find useful and interesting in their exploration of the field.’
Internet (r)evolution documented in the light of various manifestos .
Original comment from OWNI: ‘Depuis que le réseau est apparu, avant même que le terme Internet n’entre dans les usages, de nombreux usagers ont éprouvé le besoin d’écrire des textes pour encadrer ce nouvel espace et indiquer dans quelle direction il fallait l’orienter, esquissant chacun une vision du Net. ‘
OWNI presents its mission: ‘OWNI is a social media which brings you the very best news and prospective ideas on the ever-changing digital age – today in France, tomorrow all around Europe’. (English: http://owni.eu/. French: http://owni.fr/). OWNI gets money not from selling news but from developping apps for news, like the above internet timeline.
If you are a user of statistics, we welcome your responses to the issues brought up in this questionnaire. You may view the questions in the questionnaire as a checklist, and you may give your responses in a free format, if you like. The important thing is that you provide us with ideas how statistics produced by different agencies and organisations could be made more accessible and useful for all kinds of users of statistics: citizens, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, researchers, journalists, analysts, politicians, etc.
Please send your responses to project leader Bo Sundgren, firstname.lastname@example.org, and also feel welcome to publish your comments on our blog, managed by Alf Fyhrlund, email@example.com. Or as a comment below on this blog ….
Stockholm University, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, is starting a new research project on Citizen-centric access to statistics. Project manager is Professor Bo Sundgren, former advisor to the Director General of Statistics Sweden.
The project will investigate the possibilities to define an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible standard interface for communication of statistical data and metadata between the dissemination databases of statistics producers (statistical agencies) and citizen-centric applications, developed by entrepreneurs or by citizens themselves.
There is a new WordPress blog dedicated to statistical websites: Our colleague Ed Swires-Hennessy is continuing his periodical reviews of statistical websites in a blog form (http://surfingwithed.wordpress.com).
I see his reviews as a valuable source of information on web usability from a user’s point of view. His original website includes reviews since 1998 and for some of those the websites have changed already. You can check those by using the Wayback Machine.
Some readers have asked where I get the numbers that go into posts like this. The answer is the Millennial Edition of Historical Statistics of the United States. It’s a spectacular source. The bad news is that it’s paywalled. But if you’re at a university, or have access some other way — I guess there’s a print edition too, which libraries might have — it’s great.
By the way, for more contemporary stuff I rely heavily on Eurostat and the IMF WEO database, both free, and the OECD, some free, some not.
The blog is an example on how to extract and visualise Eurostat statistics. It is a Statistics Sweden prototype within the Eurostat project called “Sponsorship on Communication”. The project is initiated by the Spanish NSI during their present EU chairmanship. All member countries have been invited to contribute.
The idea from Statistics Sweden is to focus on Sweden in the European statistical context in a blog based on publishing from Eurostat, e.g. Statistics in Focus and other European data . Information and data connects to social media functionality. It can be RSS flows based on regular Eurostat and Statistics Sweden publishing and on blog and Twitter searches. Any other country within EU can apply the approach to their own country from this framework.
The search functions are from Google. The information flow in the blog list is constructed from Google Blogger widgets. New ones can be added and obsolete ones can easily be replaced. They automatically update the flow of information once they are defined.
In the module “Latest Search Results about Eurostat and Sweden” pre-defined search terms are presenting results directed to different media like images, videos, news, blogs, updates, books and discussions. They can also be categorised in time, geography and related to different search terms.
By enter key words at “Search this blog” extended alternatives are presented to widen the scope of search to sites linked from the blog, the blog list, Statistics Sweden and Eurostat publishing and finally the whole web. So universal search is combined with more narrowly defined search destinations depending on how the blog is organised.
There is also news roll displaying information from different news media continuously through a widget. Also this information is updated automatically and search words can be changed or extended.
The scope and functionality will be tested and developed. It has been presented to journalists and media so far. We have recently included also an example of interactive publishing including statistical story telling through Vislets, developed by Professor Mikael Jern, NCVA, Linköping University, Sweden. Click on picture below for only this entry or on Sweden in Eurostat for the entire blog.