Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a technology writer and rabble-rouser with a Master's Degree in Folklore. She was working on a PhD in Comparative Literature, but chose instead to write about data, culture, education and technology outside of academia rather than finish her dissertation. Audrey has written for ReadWriteWeb, Huffington Post, and NPR.

Visualization of the Week: The origins of English

Visualization of the Week: The origins of English

The etymology of the words in select articles and classic books.

In this week's visualization, Mike Kinde visualizes the etymology of the English words in various articles and books, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

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Strata Week: Google offers big data analytics

Strata Week: Google offers big data analytics

BigQuery for all, a new resource for data journalists, open data is challenged.

In this week's data news, Google's BigQuery opens up to everyone, the Data Journalism Handbook is released, and the open data movement is called to the mat.

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Visualization of the Week: The living city

Visualization of the Week: The living city

Visualizing the urban flow of Geneva.

This week's visualization illustrates the paths people take through Geneva, based on the digital traces left by their mobile phones.

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Visualization of the Week: The history of shipping routes

Visualization of the Week: The history of shipping routes

A visualization of 100 years of trade by sea.

This week's visualization looks at over 100 years of sea trade, mapping the routes of the Spanish, Dutch, and British from 1750 onward.

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Strata Week: The rise of the robot essay graders

Strata Week: The rise of the robot essay graders

Bot graders pass muster, Instagram's small team handles scale, assessing UK open data efforts.

In this week's data news, a look at the performance of automated essay-grading software, scaling Instagram, and an audit of the UK government's open data initiative.

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Visualization of the Week: Mapping the Titanic's passengers

Visualization of the Week: Mapping the Titanic's passengers

A look at class, geography and fatality rates of the Titanic's passengers.

This week's visualization maps the hometowns of the Titanic's passengers, showing class, geographic background, and fatalities.

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Strata Week: Add structured data, lose local flavor?

Strata Week: Add structured data, lose local flavor?

Wikidata's structure vs. diverse knowledge, and a look at the many factors behind Netflix's recommendations.

A critic says Wikidata could undermine Wikipedia's localized information. Also, Netflix explains why its recommendation engine is much more complicated than most people realize.

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Visualization of the Week: Clustering your social graph

Visualization of the Week: Clustering your social graph

A Facebook app organizes your friends via shared interests and experiences.

This week's visualization clusters your Facebook friends based on shared education, location, occupation, and interests.

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Strata Week: New life for an old census

Strata Week: New life for an old census

The 1940 census makes its data debut, and the White House shows off its data initiative.

In this week's data news, the National Archives releases the data from the 1940 Census, the federal government outlines its big data plans, and an app uproar leads to good thinking on privacy and sharing.

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