The last one … and reflections about new ones

The last one

This is the last one as The Globe and Mail reports

‘Statistics Canada published the last edition of its longest-running publication on Tuesday. It is the last such print publication and will not continue as an online resource. After 145 years of documenting the country’s history, the Canada Year Book will no longer be published.’

“In the future, we will have summary tables that have the exact same information as in the Canada Year Book, but it’s up to date every month or every three months…the new way of accessing information is online so we’re just moving to that,” said Statscan’s Ms. Beaudoin.

TAVIA GRANT, The Globe and Mail, Published Tuesday, Nov. 13 2012, 4:12 PM EST


And plans …

… for ‘a book about Digital Publishing and new ways to organize, create and deliver media experience.

Publishing is emerging into a new kind of media situated directly between print, web and motion. It combines the best of these worlds and creates a completely new kind of experience.

By doing so Digital Publishing bridges the gap between so called “classic” and “new” media. Also publishing for iPad, Kindle Fire and other tablet and smartphone devices is heavily influencing the way we look at this “other” media.

This requires a completely new approach to publishing and media production.’

Tufte’s Granddad

Are you in need for holiday presents in the office and on a tight budget? Why not go back in time and shop for books out of copyright. The Internet Archive is here to help. Check out Willard Cope Brinton: Graphic presentation (1939), and delve into an ancestor to the Tufte books.

You can read this book online through the beautiful web-based book reader or download in a number of formats that allow for high quality printing. For free.

Timetric Makes Web Data Useful with Time Series Analysis

Timetric Makes Web Data Useful with Time Series Analysis (from ReadWriteSTART)

Written by Jolie O’Dell / August 5, 2009 8:40 PM / 0 Comments

This post is part of our ReadWriteStart channel, which is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. The channel is sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark. To sign up for BizSpark, click here.

A winner at this year’s mini-Seedcamp in London, Timetric is an app from Inkling Software, a three-principle shop composed of chemistry and physics PhDs.

The premise is fairly simple: Timetric was created to store, share, and analyze data over time. For predicting trends, proving assertions, or recommending actions, time series analysis is a highly valuable tool. It’s Facebook’s Lexicon all grown up and actually useful, pulling data from all over the web and querying this huge database to serve significant results.

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History of official statistics from Google News


The prevalence of the search term seems to be visualised in relation to years occurring in the text. Design it yourself by choosing new year intervals and by putting in the name of your National Statistical Institute. Of course it is also possible to choose statistical subject matter areas, e.g “national accounts”, or any other search term related to staistics or something else with a precise content. Usable for research? Or analysis of progress for statistics  or your NSI in media?

Data sharing: the next generation

This is the title of Declan Butler’s article that has been published in “nature” some days ago. He discusses social software and especially the “social” visualization tools Swivel and Many eyes (see blogstats post 05-03-2007).

Two interesting statements in this article:

“If research organizations and journals linked the raw data behind papers to social software tools such as Swivel and Many Eyes, he (Brent Edwards, director of the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, California) argues, “it would have considerable value to the scientific community as a whole””. And: ” …the collective intelligence and expertise of users will result in new insights (Fernanda Viégas of IBM’s Visual Communication Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts)”.

See the full article here:

Or try the permanent link, go to and put the number of the article in the text box. The number is: 10.1038/446010b.  Archiving and permanent links are another topic to look at later on!