"tracking" entries

Strata Week: Tracking Kickstarter projects

Kickstarter data gets mined, the UDID breach source is identified, and worldwide big data to be measured one smartphone at a time.

Here are few stories from the data space that caught my attention this week.

Data mining Kickstarter

ThingsWeStart, an interactive visualization map designed to aid in Kickstarter project discovery, launched this week. The map tracks Kickstarter projects in real time and mines Kickstarter data to allow users to drill down to very specific project search results using filter combinations, something you can’t do within Kickstarter itself. For instance, here’s a screenshot of all the projects in San Francisco:

Notice on the right, there’s a list of the top 25 projects in the designated area, buttons to sort by funding amounts reached, and a field to request an email notification about new projects that come to the specified area. Here’s that same map, drilled down into three project categories:

The geography can be isolated in an area down to the zip code, so you can isolate projects in Brooklyn as opposed to New York City, for instance. (Click here for the live map.)

You can download the ThingsWeStart data spreadsheet (as of the launch) here, and you can read more about the project and its founders on the project blog, at Mashable and at Wired.

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Quantified me

Quantified me

Tracking health data to maintain awareness and intention.

I'm trying to walk the line between obsessive tracking and an open ended approach to motivation.

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Tertiary data: Big data's hidden layer

Tertiary data: Big data's hidden layer

Thoughts on the hidden data that's generated about us, rather than by us.

Big data isn't limited to multi-terabyte datasets or data markets. It also includes the hidden data you carry with you all the time and the growing data on your movements, contacts and social interactions.

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Tertiary data: Big data’s hidden layer

Tertiary data: Big data’s hidden layer

Thoughts on the hidden data that's generated about us, rather than by us.

Big data isn't limited to multi-terabyte datasets or data markets. It also includes the hidden data you carry with you all the time and the growing data on your movements, contacts and social interactions.

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The rise of programmable self

The rise of programmable self

Quantifying your changes + motivational hacks = programmable self.

Taking a cue from the Quantified Self movement, the programmable self is the combination of a digital motivation hack with a digital system that tracks behavior. Here's a look at companies and projects relevant to the programmable self space.

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Strata Week: The looming data science talent shortage

Strata Week: The looming data science talent shortage

EMC study looks at the state of data science, Carrier IQ and big data, and the welcome return of old tweets.

In this week's data news: EMC's new data science study predicts a data scientist shortage, why Carrier IQ is part of a "bizarre big-data triangle," and DataSift will soon offer access to an archive of old tweets.

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Strata Week: The social graph that isn’t

Strata Week: The social graph that isn’t

Pinboard founder questions the social graph, Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data.

In this week's data news, Pinboard founder Maciej Ceglowski challenges the notion of a "social graph," Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data, and the Supreme Court looks at GPS and privacy issues.

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Strata Week: The social graph that isn't

Strata Week: The social graph that isn't

Pinboard founder questions the social graph, Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data.

In this week's data news, Pinboard founder Maciej Ceglowski challenges the notion of a "social graph," Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data, and the Supreme Court looks at GPS and privacy issues.

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What does privacy mean in an age of big data?

What does privacy mean in an age of big data?

Author Terence Craig on why data transparency trumps anonymization.

Ironclad digital privacy isn't realistic, argues "Privacy and Big Data" co-author Terence Craig. What we need instead are laws and commitments founded on transparency.

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Social data: A better way to track TV

Social data: A better way to track TV

Unlike traditional TV analytics, social data tracks both viewership and sentiment.

TV shows broke out of the television years ago, but traditional analytics still focus on limited metrics. PeopleBrowsr CEO Jodee Rich says social data offers a better way to see what audiences watch and what they care about.

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