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[News] Why Open Data is Important; Scribd Finds Out That Adobe Flash Was a Curse

  • Subject: [News] Why Open Data is Important; Scribd Finds Out That Adobe Flash Was a Curse
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:43:34 +0100
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Open Public Data are so good that it's hard to start explaining why

,----[ Quote ]
| Today I have participated to an international 
| meeting in Madrid on the reuse of Public 
| Sector Information. I came to gather as much 
| information and food for thought as possible 
| for my new research on Open Data for an Open 
| Society and wasn't deluded.


Scribdâs Decision To Dump Flash Pays Off, User Engagement Triples

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| Over the last few months, user engagement on 
| Scribd has surged, according to CEO Trip 
| Adler, thanks to its transition to HTML5, the 
| introduction of the iPad, and Scribdâs  
| Facebook integration. Of these three factors, 
| Adler says the conversion from Flash to HTML5 
| was by far the greatest driver for his 
| document sharing company. According to 
| Scribdâs numbers, time on the site has 
| tripled in the last three months.



Tricky Sea Ice Predictions Call for Scientists to Open Their Data

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| With sea ice levels in the Arctic at record
| lows this month, a new report comparing
| scientistsâ predictions calls for caution in
| over-interpreting a few weeks worth of data
| from the North Pole.
| The Sea Ice Outlook, which will be released
| this week, brings together more than a dozen
| teamsâ best guesses at how much sea ice will
| disappear by the end of the warm season in
| September. This year began with a surprise.
| More sea ice appeared than anticipated,
| nearing its mean level from 1979-2007. But
| then ice levels plummeted through May and
| into June. Scientists have never seen the
| Arctic with less ice at this time of year in
| the three decades theyâve been able to
| measure it, and they expect below average
| ice for the rest of the year.


The UKâs public data tsunami gathers speed

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| When the British Government said at the
| beginning of May that they would be
| releasing a âtsunami of public dataâ you had
| to wonder whether reality would match up to
| the rhetoric. Oh ye of little faith... A
| fortnight ago, the Government released
| hundreds of new datasets  - including a full
| list  of Government expenditure - and this
| week, Transport for London announced  that
| they too would be releasing lots of their
| transport data for free to the public.

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