Conducting empirical social research, one of the challenges is to provide/control appropriate variables because in social setting, anything could influence your observed phenomenon. In my regression analysis class, the professor told the class that it would be nice if we could put a link to the raw data of any study. Well, openness of research data is emerging. However, providing the raw data may not be that attractive.
Many Eyes is an newly web-application for sharing graphical representation of social data, developed by IBM. The site allows you to upload your data, create visualization, and make it available publicly. Then people could come to see your data visually and ask questions or comment.
One thing that I think it really cool is how one could play with the data easily, especially with multiple item graph (e.g., Worldwide Oil Consumption). This aspect could allow researchers and public (including media) talking in the same language.
By looking at those representations, readers could find something more interesting that researchers could not see.
Demo “interface-free,” touch-driven computer screen โดย Jeff Han จากงาน TED ปีที่แล้ว ไม่เกี่ยวกับ post นี้เท่าไหร่ เห็นว่าน่าสนใจดี (เอามาจาก Paul Jones อีกที)