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The Joy of Data!

The Joy of Data

Hi, all!

 

I hope that you had a great winter break!

 

In the last days, I have been preparing the syllabus for one of the courses that will start teaching this spring. The name of the class is “Internet Studies,” which deals with scholarly approaches to the network of networks. During my course design, I found a fascinating documentary, “The Joy of Data,” produced by the BBC in 2016. This documentary explains the history of data gathering and the ways in which data is revolutionizing our daily lives through the Internet of the Things. Well, I want to recommend this piece because around the minute 30, the documentary explains how digital data is used to create textual analysis such as “The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913” (https://www.oldbaileyonline.org). These proceedings are organized in a “fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.” The results of the textual analysis are remarkable. If you are interested in learning more about this, you can watch “The Joy of Data” online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9FpVYMcZSo 

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2 comments

Hi Juan- this looks awesome! And it answers the ultimate burning question: What's the mystery link between marmalade and One Direction?

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Juan, Thanks for the tip on Joy of Data. We'll explore the Old Bailey archive in about two weeks, when we look at Data Visualization, so you're ahead of the curve here!

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