Raw data as oxymoron

“Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care.”Geoffrey Bowker
Bowker was spot on in his comments made last week at Columbia Journalism School. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to make order out of chaos from “raw data,” i.e. unintelligible, inaccurate spreadsheets.

Eyjafjallajokull eruption scatters students across the globe

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Eruption scatters students across the globe

By Carl Lewis


22 April 2010

When second year Lady Margaret Hall student Matthew Nicholl flew home to Northern Ireland for the Easter holiday last month, he knew it might be a hectic time of the year to travel. What he didn’t know, however, is that a volcanic ash cloud would get in his way.

“It’s the last thing I was worried about. And now I’m in an awful situation. I have absolutely no idea when I can get a flight back,” Nicholl said.

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