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Women in tech: What does the data show us?

Women in technology is a hot topic right now.  Therefore, I have decided to share my journey in the tech industry.  When I was a student in Sri Lanka, happily skipping my way to school on a sunny day, I had always dreamed of becoming a Software Developer.  The kind of...

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Death Data: a closer look at England’s case

As we have just updated our database with the newest dataset on Deaths in England & Wales, I thought it would be useful to produce some graphs to illustrate the death data. The above plot shows the number of deaths occurring every month in England. It can be seen...

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World Population Day: should we celebrate or mourn?

According to the United Nations, Earth's population is set to reach 8 billion by 2023 but we have only one planet to share between us. With increasing world population, we face many challenges: food and water shortages, available spaces to live, increased pollution,...

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Charities: accessing Business As Usual (BAU) data

In my last post on data & charities, I focused on outcomes data for both internal users and organisational funders or high value givers. In this piece, I'm focusing on internal stuff. I'm focusing on the everyday, what we might call data for 'Business as Usual'....

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How to create a data revolution in charities

Good Data is a liberator for charities This is a short series of blogs on the Data Revolution in charities. Sadly, the phrase is close to being a cliche. We base these blogs on three things:  First, our experience of working with a small number of charities. Second,...

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Even slacker with your data

This time last year, I wrote about Slack's privacy policy. I explained why our company wouldn't be using Slack for fear that our data and that of our customers would be at risk. Now, we see that Slack is very actively going to be exploiting its users' data.  Slack has...

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Marketing a revolution – learning from history

On 3 December 1992, Neil Papworth, an engineer, sent the text "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to colleagues at Vodafone. It was the first SMS. It took another 7 years for text messaging to take off. Perhaps it was badly marketed. I wonder how they described texts. Something like...

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Reinventing Racquets for Big-Data

One of the world's newest technologies is going to inhabit a building that once housed one of the oldest of sports - a sport that originated in prison! During the 18th Century, racquets was played originally in the open, on the yard walls of the two main London...

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Slack – with your data

Slack is a billion dollar San Francisco newbie that gives itself excessive license to play free and easy with stuff that doesn’t belong to it. Slack is a product that enables teams to collaborate through ‘channels’. Individuals can, for example, work together on a...

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