Top Stories: August 29-September 2, 2011

Open data products with purpose, why finance should care about big data, and the untapped value of site search.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

How to create sustainable open data projects with purpose
Tom Steinberg, head of the UK’s civic-hacking non-profit mySociety, uses the launch of the new FixMyTransport to reflect on how organizations can help their open data efforts achieve sustainability.

Why the finance world should care about big data and data science
O’Reilly director of market research Roger Magoulas discusses the intersection of big data and finance, and the opportunities this pairing creates for financial experts.

When was the last time you mined your site’s search data?
A gold mine is hiding in the data generated by website search engines, yet many site owners pay little attention to the analytics those engines yield. Author Lou Rosenfeld explains why site search is worth your time.

Subscription vs catchment
When people are trawling so many content sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to study how the trawlers work and become part of the filtering infrastructure.

Government IT’s quiet open source evolution
Packed halls at the 2011 Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) confirmed that strong interest in open source runs throughout the federal IT community.

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