Powerful open source graph manipulation
A Photoshop for data, Gephi is a powerful tool for exploring and presenting data as a graph. It's easy to get started with sample data sets, then import your own by generating files in a standard graph format.
Data geekery, visualization and journalism
From deep-diving startup founders to national newspapers, there's a rich vein of wisdom and information in blogs about data. Here's five to get your reading list started.
A little command line knowledge goes a long way
Though over 30 years old, the command line utilties sed and awk are still go-to tools for working with data.
Starting points for data markets and open data
With the growth of both the open data movement and data marketplaces, there's now
a wealth of public data that you can use in your analyses and applications.
Make your charts more informative and interesting
You know bar and pie charts can be ineffective, but where do you turn next? Here are some great starting points to make a start with more interesting and effective charts.
The Processing language is an easy way to get started with graphics
Visualization is a powerful way to turn data into a story. But if you're not a "graphics person", where do you start?
The online encyclopedia is a great resource for data scientists
Wikipedia is an essential tool in the data scientist's armory. Today's Strata Gem shows how it can be used to help computers distinguish between different sense of common words.
An easy way to get started with a NoSQL database
Want to dip your toes into the world of NoSQL databases? In the first of our Strata Gems series, find out how explore MongoDB through your web browser.
Mapping 311 data, the social effects of traffic, Google Maps and border disputes, and a natural language processing challenge.
This issue of Strata Week follows the path of data through cities, streets and border conflicts. We conclude our journey with a little brain work, as a programming challenge is announced to automatically identify topics and trends in Twitter and Facebook updates.