Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are available worldwide and offer tons of topics, also about Linked Open Data (LOD). An easy way to enter the semantic web.

Two examples:



The Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam provides, for some years now, a course in Linked Data Engineering with a certificate. I did it some years ago and enjoyed it.



The French platform FUN offers a LOD course, too. (Thanks to Adrian at zazuko.com for the hint)

And books

Step by step Bob DuCharme introduces RDF, SPARQL, LOD …




Look at the Elections

18 October 2015

On October 18, 2015, Swiss voters elect a new Parliament for the next four years.

snip_201510181systemSource: https://www.bk.admin.ch/

More about Swiss elections here

For the National Council (200 members), 3,802 candidates and more than 22 political parties take part.

And the winners are …

The polling stations closed at 12 AM. The results arrive canton by canton and are presented in an interactive visualisation – minute by minute.


Results as of 5 PM

By clicking one of the symbols, the details for a canton appear.


The results are updated in a database, and a script generates a visualisation on the spot. An easy way to follow the elections!

It’s the Statistical Atlas of the Federal Statistical Office that enables this presentation. And it’s no longer Adobe Flash needed to do it ;-).

100 Years

Comparing statistical visualizations over a period of 100 years is quite rare. The newly published Atlas of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office offers just this possibility.


100 years ago Statistics Switzerland published a Graphic-Statistical Atlas. It was a wonderful visualization of dozens of topics and developments. All the diagrams and maps were hand-made and of superb quality.



In order to honor this great work, Statistics Switzerland did it again. A facsimile of the old Atlas is now accompanied by quite the same diagrams and maps but filled wth data from our century. With this technique, a visual overview of changes during the last century becomes possible and gives fascinating insights.


The Atlas is available in Geman and French at http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=6327


1901-1910 original visualization


2001-2010 updated visualization



1901-1910 original visualization


2001-2010 updated visualization


Your Life – Our Life – Best Wishes for 2015

What would YOU do with these data sources?

UNdata, Institute for Population and Social Security Research, Population Reference Bureau, GeoHive, timeanddate.com, Exploratorium, Cardio Research Web Project, US Geological Survey, Geoscience Australia, Global Volcanism Project, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, International Programme on the State of the Ocean, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, US Energy Information Administration, BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, Live Science, Discover Wildlife,World Wide Fund for Nature, ICUN Red List, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Enchanted Learning,Astropro ©1997-2000 by Richard Nolle, Wikipedia.

BBC had an idea

BBC had a great idea personalizing these data to our life and visualizing developments that arrived during our lifetime.

 And: blogstats wishes a Happy New Year!