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Imagine A Pie Chart Stomping On An Infographic Forever | #dataviz #context

Imagine A Pie Chart Stomping On An Infographic Forever | #dataviz #context | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
A certain category of design gaffes can be boiled down to violations of audience expectations.
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Know Your Data: Mind, Body, And Soul

Our data’s “body” is its form and function. Like the human body, it consists of both overarching similarities and individual differences. Here we can draw an analogy with dislocation: just because your arm twists a certain way does not mean that it is supposed to; on the other hand, some people are indeed flexible enough to move in just that way. When we exceed the limitations of our body, we hear the body’s complaints loudly. But your data won’t let you know when you twist it out of shape (though you may hear some poor statistics professor screaming on its behalf). When we consider our data’s “body,” we’re considering the performance it can achieve and the stresses it can tolerate. That process often begins with these simple questions:

 

How was it collected? What are its limitations? Which mathematical transformations are appropriate? Which methods of display are appropriate? 

Our data’s “soul” is its context and broader meaning. One popular understanding of a soul is that it is some part of an individual that glorifies their uniqueness even while making them a part of a profound commonality. In a mystical context (whether you believe in it or not), we can easily understand this apparent contradiction. In a mundane context, many people would find the dissonance hard to swallow. This is unfortunate, because data must be understood in just this way: it is both an individual entity and a unit of a larger whole. Reconciling these is a notoriously tricky task, but some of the worst mistakes are avoided by collecting a few crucial bits of information:

 

Who collected it? Why was it collected? What is its context in a broader subject? What is its context in the field of research that created it?

 

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The Age of #Context and the #API Economy

The Age of #Context and the #API Economy | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Shel Israel and Robert Scoble's new book Age of Context does an excellent job of laying out our contextual future - APIs are part of what will power that future
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The API Economy


The emerging economic effects enabled by companies, governments, non-profits, and individuals of using APIs to provide direct programmable access to their systems and processes.

Some well-known examples of APIs that are significant are the Netflix phenomena. Roku,Amazon, eBay, Salesforce.com, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Twilioare all examples of companies using APIs to change their business and even how the Internet is used and how it works. The Health Care industry is also very active in providing APIs. The ProgrammableWeb shows there are 129 medical APIs. The controversialHealthcare.gov web site has a powerful developers program with APIs.

 

Programmable Web tracks open published APIs and categorizes them on a daily basis. Programmable Web has now over 10,000 APIs listed and the growth continues to be at over 100% compound annual growth.

 

Needless to say, it is very important for every organization to understand what its role is going to be in this critical emerging API Economy.

 

 

Summary

 

There is no question in my mind about the Age of Context and its subsequent disruption and following benefits. We are just not recognizing that the ultimate success Age of Context will be enabled by the advent of API ubiquity.

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#trends: The Role of the Smartphone in Digital Health | #sensors #situational #context

#trends: The Role of the Smartphone in Digital Health | #sensors #situational #context | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
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Smartphone biosensors

As well as acting as the centralized repository for connected third-party devices the smartphone itself is packed with a range of intelligent sensors that can – and are – being used to help people improve their health.

The latest generation of iPhone, the 5s, has seven inbuilt sensors with the most recent two – the fingerprint sensor and the M7 motion coprocessor – being introduced with the iPhone 5s launch. With nine inbuilt sensors the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone has two more than the iPhone.

While not all are specifically designed to be health related, these sensors are being used for health purposes to good effect.

Cardiio is an innovative app that measures heart rate without physical contact. Using the iPhone’s front camera sensor Cardiio analyzes the light that reflects off a user’s face and predicts with an almost perfect degree of accuracy the resting heart rate.

Developed by MIT’s Media Lab, Cardiio works by analyzing the light that reflects of the user’s face. Every time the heart beats, more blood is pumped to the face. This slight increase in blood volume causes more light to be absorbed, and hence less light is reflected from the face.

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The Already Existent Future Of The Age of #Context: Mobile, Data, Sensors and the Future of #Privacy.

The Already Existent Future Of The Age of #Context: Mobile, Data, Sensors and the Future of #Privacy. | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

The Age of Context is a tour-de-force documentary of the state of technology in 2013 looking across a broad number of fields: healthcare, transportation, the electronic home, urbanization, mobile devices, marketing, and understanding customers.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Pinpoint marketing is about right-time experiences, as described by mobile industry analyst Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research. There is not only a time and place for the experience but taking input from the situation of the environment beyond one’s self, their relationship network, preferences and the overlap with the possibilities of vendor offerings in that same space. It then follows with that negotiation of all this contextual information from the individual buyers viewpoint, and the sellers. There is a world of proxy agents coming for each side, consummated by the final purchase decision of the buyer.

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