Here’s a great story about DataViva, a website that dove into the ocean of data released by the Brazilian government. It provides a platform for anyone, from a data analyst at The Futures Company to your next-door neighbor, to create data visualizations to understand large sets of raw data.
As our ability to capture data grows, people are becoming more security-conscious. Another question that needs to be asked is “how can we make this data useful?”
Because raw data is pretty useless, much like crude oil, it needs to be cleaned and prettied up and then cut down to the most essential points for your audience to derive much use from it.
I envision sites like this enabling greater awareness and accessibility of personal data to drive insights about our governments, our corporations, and ourselves.