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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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Tools & Data - ProPublica

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ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
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I offer this page as a way to find primary sources on current events.  This is done with the belief that a first hand interview, reported by a credible journalist is a kind of primary source that is hard to find.

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Big Data | Common Craft | 21st Century Information Fluency | Leveraging Information

Big Data | Common Craft | 21st Century Information Fluency | Leveraging Information | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
What it teaches Incredible amounts of data are produced every day, so much that we can’t use it all. Big data is a term used to describe the tools and processes that seek to make this data useful and productive.

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Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics

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There are lots of books on visualization that describe best practices and design concepts, but what do you do when it comes time for you to actually make something?
If you don't know how to use the software in front of you, the abstract isn't all that useful. And with growing amounts of data, it's becoming more important to be able to make sense of and communicate with it all.


In his new book, Visualize This, Nathan Yau teaches you how to create graphics that tell stories with real data, and you'll have fun in the process. Learn to make statistical graphics in R, design in Illustrator, and create interactive graphics in JavaScript and Flash & Actionscript.


Yau draws from his experience as a graduate student in statistics and his work with major news organizations for an engaging, data-first approach. After all, visualization is about the data it's based on...


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Crowdmap

Ordinary people have a voice, and interesting things happen when you aggregate those voices and visualize the results. Surprising information and insights can be found.


Crowdmap is a tool that allows you to crowdsource information and see it on a map and timeline. It is the Ushahidi platform, built by the team who created Ushahidi as a way for anyone to run their own crowdsourcing site without having to know the intricacies of running their own server. It's free and it's yours to use.
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Mindjet - Drowning in Data - Survey

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Mindjet provides collaborative work management software that helps teams and individuals to work visually and work better together.
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Google Opens Universal Analytics Beta To All, Brings Analytics To More Devices And Online/Offline Interactions | TechCrunch

Google Opens Universal Analytics Beta To All, Brings Analytics To More Devices And Online/Offline Interactions | TechCrunch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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Big Data | Common Craft

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Incredible amounts of data are produced every day, so much that we can’t use it all. Big data is a term used to describe the tools and processes that seek to make this data useful and productive. This video uses the example of traffic data to teach:

Where big data comes from and how it’s collected


Why special tools are required to use it
The three big challenges: Volume, Variability and Velocity
The potential of big data across multiple industries

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Open-sourced, Crowd-sourced Ushahidi Platform Following Snowmageddon

Open-sourced, Crowd-sourced Ushahidi Platform Following Snowmageddon | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
the Ushahidi platform, which was developed in a couple of days to track reports of violence following the 2008 elections in Kenya. (Ushahidi is swahili for "Testimony")


Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phone. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be use by others around the world.
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Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" | Video on TED.com

TED Talks As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could...
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