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Think bigger: How data is changing our world

Data visualisation at the Guardian

Simon Rogers

on 25 February 2015

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Transcript of Think bigger: How data is changing our world

Thinking bigger How big data is changing our world Simon Rogers

simon.rogers@guardian.co.uk “The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask” James Cameron, 1969 None of this is new “Comment is free, but…” Facts are sacred "At all times such information it contains is valuable; because without knowing … the best opinions which can be formed of the condition and future progress of society must be necessarily incorrect" It's the new normal "Essentially free and ubiquitous data"
Hal Varian Making it truly public Data providers Open data means your data everywhere 6. Good design matters Bigger datasets… …smaller things 8. It's everywhere.
You just don't know it 9. Data = 80% perspiration,
10% great idea, 10% output 10. It's (still) all about the stories Wisdom of the crowd? 2008 2009 2010 New ways of seeing data Sometimes, it's a threat.
(But not really) …and small New ways of
complexity Data journalism
in action Inspiration "Probably the best statistical
graphic ever drawn"
Edward Tufte
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