Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Google Data Visualization Challenge

Google announced a Data Visualization Challenge yesterday on their blog. Participants will compete to create the best visualization of data on the website. On that website, users can enter their tax return information and have their 2010 taxes broken down by what they were spent on, presumable using the percentages provided by the IRS (eg certain percentages goes to defense, entitlement programs, etc.)

The deadline for entry is March 27, 2011. The top visualization will receive $5,000 and mention on Google's blog. The winner will be announced fittingly enough on April 18, 2011 (tax day).

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Digitization project: "Rescuing the Earth's Weather History"

The "Green" blog (of the New York Times) has an entry this week about a few different efforts to digitize archival weather observations so that they can be pulled into computers for anaylsis and perhaps some new resulting ideas about climate.

Read the entry at: