Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Strata Week: Visualizing a better life

A visualization tool from the OECD, concerns about open data and research, and updates to Hadoop.
by  | @audreywatters  | +Audrey Watters  | Comment | 24 May 2012

Here are a few of the data stories that caught my attention this week:

Visualizing a better life

How do you compare the quality of life in different countries? As The Guardian's Simon Rogers points out, GDP has commonly been the indicator used to show a country's economic strength, but it's insufficient for comparing the quality of life and happiness of people.
To help build a better picture of what quality of life means to people, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD built the Your Better Life Index. The index lets people select the things that matter to them: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance. The OECD launched the tool last year and offered an update this week, adding data on gender and inequality.
"It's counted as a major success by the OECD," writes Rogers, "particularly as users consistently rank quality of life indicators such as education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance above more traditional ones. Designed by Moritz Stefaner and Raureif, it's also rather beautiful."
The countries that come out on top most often based on users' rankings: "Denmark (life satisfaction and work-life balance), Switzerland (health and jobs), Finland (education), Japan (safety), Sweden (environment), and the USA (income)."

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SvD: Hitta rätt ränta med nya kartan

”Världsekonomin som helhet fortsätter att utvecklas relativt väl”. Så skrev Riksbanken i sin senaste penningpolitiska rapport i april. Direktionen beslutade samtidigt att låta reporäntan ligga oförändrad på 1,5 procent.
Riksbanken, med chefen Stefan Ingves, slog fast att man räknade med att skuldkrisen skulle hanteras så att oron på de finansiella marknaderna gradvis avtog. Det skulle i sin tur leda till att förtroendet hos företag och hushåll successivt återvänder, enligt Riksbanken.
Men Ingves och hans vänner var fel ute. Igen, måste man tyvärr tillägga. Sedan april har den europeiska krisen förvärrats. De finansiella marknaderna har skakat, börserna har störtdykt och allt fler pratar nu öppet om ett grekiskt utträde ur valutasamarbetet.

Monday, May 14, 2012

#fajkhack: This was the outcome of Sweden’s first journo hack

On the 5-6th of May almost 30 Swedish journalists, developers and graphical designers met – supported by Knight-Mozilla Open News – to hack open data from the city of Stockholm. These are the five hacks they did.