Idea Graveyard: Ground Truth Aggregation

[Note: this post is latest in my series of "startups that weren't." You can read more about other ideas I've (for now!) put in the idea graveyard.] Not too long ago quant research strategies employed by hedge funds were one of the few places time series data was analyzed at scale. But with the flood … Continue reading Idea Graveyard: Ground Truth Aggregation

Freedom of Information Act at 50 and Newly Improved

For those of you who care about access to government data for reasons of transparency, feel-good openness, competitive advantage or other, June 30 was an overall ok/good day.Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 in an attempt to solidify his administration’s legacy as the most transparent in US history. Many are skeptical, including your author, … Continue reading Freedom of Information Act at 50 and Newly Improved

Finally, Skepticism in Open Data

Over the past 10ish years I’ve often spoken critically of the hand-wavy open data love fest. Stumbled across an article today that does a great job of putting into context the rhetoric v reality. Centering on toilet usability data, Giuseppe Sollazzo makes a solid argument for rethinking the definition of value in opening data to the … Continue reading Finally, Skepticism in Open Data