In Praise of BuzzData
It’s pretty awesome.
From their own description of what it is:
Data should be free-flowing, well-organized and easy to share.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place where you could store, share and show off your data with just a couple of mouse clicks?
BuzzData lets you publish your data in a smarter, easier way.
Instead of juggling versions and overwriting files, use BuzzData and enjoy a social network designed for data.
Keep data simple. Use BuzzData.”
What’s quite remarkable is the combination of technologies used to solve a very real problem.
It’s important for marketing scientists, analysts, data scientists, and technologists alike to exchange real data and replicatable proof that things are the way we say they are. BuzzData is a step on this path. It represents a utility for the rapid exchange of ideas with the source located right there. That’s very powerful.
If used, it could result in some very important acceleration. Let’s see.
2 thoughts on “In Praise of BuzzData”
I like this idea of a “data journalist” very much…does it need a tangible definition?
For example, how is it different than folks who blog and use charts or tables to make a point? Or perpetuate “studies” conducted by vendors that have not been vetted at all?
Answer: In data journalism, the source data is available for anyone to replicate the analysis, find errors in the data or conclusions, etc. End result is similar to peer review in academia.
This is an awesome development, if “enforced” culturally, because so much bullshit is published as “fact”, so much data tortured to get to a desired truth.
Would be great if people refused to put any credibility in an analysis that was not made public in this way.
Reminds me a bit of the Center of (Analytical) Excellence concept, where in practice, if your company has a COE, you are free to do all the analysis you want on your own.
But nobody believes it and no C-Level decisions are made on it unless the COE says, “Yep, they’re right”.
So BuzzData becomes sort of a communal COE, if you will.
Show us your data, or your theory can take a hike. Like that.
It’s a great vision, Jim.
There are quite a few prisons built around the data. Academics and journalists are compensated *for* sharing the data.
Commercial interests are frequently rewarded for hoarding the data.
The patent system is supposed to provide a modicum of protection for the invention. Society gains from the knowledge shared, and the inventor benefits from a term of protection that gives them exclusive right.
There’s a problem with the patent system and how commercial interests are aligned.
We have a much deeper problem between commercial interests, citations, and the industry interests.
I’m hopeful that this service will open it up a bit.
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