Will I leave room for milk?

This (via the ever-wonderful http://www.informationisbeautiful.net) is just brilliant: a taxonomy of London’s achingly cool coffee shop handles.1276-hipster-coffee-shop-names

 

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Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Here’s a great article by Martin Hall, VC at Salford and new(ish) chair at Jisc. Hall is a long-time advocate of open access and open data, and has spoken at a couple of events the DCC organised in conjunction with Salford.

“These massive digital data flows are the new raw materials for research. For highly complex problems such as climate change, epidemiology, financial stability and space exploration, access to global big data is already a basic condition for research to take place at all.”

iPop: How Big Data Will Transform Coaching in the NBA

iPop: How Big Data Will Transform Coaching in the NBA

I work with data and I love basketball. Consequently this story ticked a couple of boxes…

Consider this: In 2014, 25 times a second, in every NBA arena, the location of the 10 players on the floor, as well as the ball and the officials, are captured by a network of SportVU motion-tracking cameras, then translated into facts about the game. Additional technologies are poised to add layers of detail to this already rich picture.

The sheer number of concerns, calculations and considerations—in other words, opportunities for a competitive edge—presented by this data is overwhelming. The average person can hold seven discrete bits of information in his or her head at a time; someone with a genius-level working memory and ample training can manage up to 80. The iPhone in your pocket right now can hold trillions.