Where’d you get that natty stat?

If we’re talking general stats about who’s online and why, I tend to use the following sites, not just for the readily available free data but also for the crucial analysis:

  1. BBC
  2. CIA World Factbook
  3. ComScore
  4. Econsultancy
  5. The Economist
  6. Hitwise
  7. Ipsos MORI
  8. Mashable
  9. Neilsen Online
  10. Ofcom
  11. ONS
  12. OxIS
  13. Pew Internet
  14. Techcrunch
  15. World Internet Project

What about you?

WtF r URIs, Triplr, SPARQL and CC0?

If you’re in the government or public sector and you’ve been thinking about surfacing data and putting it online, but are wondering what’s involved, let me point you to ‘Putting Government Data online‘ (www.w3.org/DesignIssues/GovData.html), a short article on the subject by Tim Berners-Lee.

The abstract runs:

Government data is being put online to increase accountability, contribute valuable information about the world, and to enable government, the country, and the world to function more efficiently. All of these purposes are served by putting the information on the Web as Linked Data. Start with the “low-hanging fruit”. Whatever else, the raw data should be made available as soon as possible. Preferably, it should be put up as Linked Data. As a third priority, it should be linked to other sources. As a lower priority, nice user interfaces should be made to it — if interested communities outside government have not already done it. The Linked Data technology, unlike any other technology, allows any data communication to be composed of many mixed vocabularies. Each vocabulary is from a community, be it international, national, state or local; or specific to an industry sector. This optimizes the usual trade-off between the expense and difficulty of getting wide agreement, and the practicality of working in a smaller community. Effort toward interoperability can be spent where most needed, making the evolution with time smoother and more productive.

Show Them A Better Way

Alex Stobart emailed me about Show Us A Better Way – a competition set up by the UK Government to encourage ideas for data mash-ups.

There’s a £20k fund to allocated across one or a series of winning ideas. In a presentation to Tom Watson, I recommended five pots of up to £15k each, which I still stand by as a more appealing and sustainable prospect for entrants.

But this is a good start and will no doubt evolve over time. I’d recommend the POI Task Force pay keen attention to the likes the BBC Innovation Labs if they are going to pursue this year on year.