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The Open Data Delusion

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I first met Gail Ramster in 2010 at an event about the release of London-wide Open Data by the Greater London Authority. A researcher on “toilet usability,” she…

Clearing the Air

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In 2011, Christa Hasenkopf, an atmospheric scientist, and her husband Joe Flasher, a software developer, stepped off a plane in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The first thing they noticed was…

Whose data is it anyway?

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A couple of years ago I worked on a household sanitation survey in south India. We went from house to house, knocked on doors, and sat down for…

Our Lives, Encoded

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Introduction: Ancient Digital Culture It took a group of engineers most of 2015 to resurrect two megabytes of information from a recently-discovered stash of 5 1/4″ floppy disks…