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Snap to the graph, not the grid

Snap to the graph, not the grid

Location coordinate data lacks important context.

Coordinate pairs are regular and orderly, but they are entirely ambiguous when used to represent more conceptual places like states, cities, stores and neighborhoods.

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Where the semantic web stumbled, linked data will succeed

Where the semantic web stumbled, linked data will succeed

Linked data allows for deep and serendipitous consumer experiences.

Linked data can be realized without the purity of semantic annotation, but a focus on consumers gives it a better shot at adoption. It begs the question: Why invest in difficult technologies if consumer outcomes can be realized with current tools and knowledge?

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Data Is Journalism: MSNBC.com Acquires Everyblock

Data Is Journalism: MSNBC.com Acquires Everyblock

Everyblock, Adrian Holovaty’s local data aggregator, has been acquired by MSNBC.com. Many are hailing it as local news acquisition. For 15 major US cities Everyblock aggregates crime data, restaurant reviews, health inspections, local news and more. This is data that is only of interest to people within a certain area. I care much less about crime ten blocks away than I do about crime two blocks away. Everyblock lets me know what is happening within three blocks of my home and filters everything out (on the web and iPhone). So Everyblock is a hyperlocalnews acquisition, but that is only half of the story (maybe less).

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