Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gender and Social Networks

27 September 2014 0

Findings On the whole there isn’t a large disparity between men and women on the social networks represented here. The data indicate a total ratio of 1.05 males to every female. This more-or-less equal gender balance can be seen in the two largest social platforms, Facebook and YouTube, whose gender ratios are very close to the ratio in… Read More »

The World Through the Eyes of a Search Algorithm

27 September 2014 0

Data Many big technology companies have developed algorithms for providing query suggestions based on input to search fields and/or immediate feedback to users (see this, this, or this patent). These techniques are commonly referred to as autosuggest, incremental search or autocomplete. Google uses the latter name for its implementation in their Web search interface. Google… Read More »

What is a tech innovation hub anyway?

Also refer to related posts in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and where colleagues and I expanded on some elements outlined in this post.   Innovation and entrepreneurship “hubs” and “labs” are all the rage these days. A wide range of actors is convinced that hubs represent a genuinely new and exciting model for… Read More »

World-wide News Web

15 September 2014 0

Findings The map restates the United States’ position as a core geographical focal point of the collection. There are seven location pairs that are characterized by over 100,000 events happening between them. Every one of these seven pairs has one location outside of the United States and one inside the country. The brightest lines connect the… Read More »

Geographic intersections of languages in Wikipedia

12 September 2014 0

Description This graph illustrate the percentage of geo-referenced articles in the twenty editions of Wikipedia containing the larges number of geo-referenced articles. Data The Terra Incognita project by Tracemedia investigates how Wikipedia has evolved over the last decade, mapping geographic articles, and date of creation, for over 50 languages. The maps highlight geolinguistic biases, unexpected… Read More »

Geographic coverage of Wikivoyage

10 September 2014 0

Findings The visualisation shows us that, in all four languages, extensive coverage exists of countries in which those languages are spoken. Wikivoyage — one of the world’s most used travel guides — therefore presents us with a very selective picture of the world. The United States accounts for a large portion of the content included… Read More »

Broadband affordability

7 September 2014 0

Findings This visualization speaks to one of the core themes of the global digital divide: the relative cost of being connected to the Internet. The geographies of the phenomenon could hardly be more clear, and its consequences are illustrated in many other visualizations published on our website, from the cartogram of the Internet population to… Read More »

Geographies of Google Search

4 September 2014 0

Google doesn’t seem to be characterised by the massive geographic inequalities that characterise many other types of digital information, but it still presents a very selective representation of our planet

Open Data Index

3 September 2014 0

Data This graphic illustrates the 2013 Open Data Index published by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The index has been calculated for 70 countries, based on 700 datasets, concerning 10 different topics, ranging from public transport to government spending. Each country has been evaluated on each topic, which in turn has been assessed on nine criteria,… Read More »