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

news@oxfordstudent.com

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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