Tag: database

by Waldo Jaquith

Those of us who deal with big data have a tendency to describe working with it in cavalier terms. “Oh, I just grabbed the XML file, wrote a quick parser to turn it into CSV, bulk loaded it into MySQL, laid an API on top of it, and I was done.” The truth is that […] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

For the largest civil society media platform in Tanzania, back talk is good. 

 In fact, talking back is the objective of a new service at Femina HIP called Speak Up! The service aims to increase access of marginalized youth and rural communities and promote a participatory, user-driven media scene in Tanzania.

 Femina HIP is […] more »

by Joe Boydston

Unstructured data is typically said to account for up to 80 percent of information stored on business computer systems. While this is a widely accepted notion, I’m inclined to agree with Seth Grimes that this 80 percent rule is inflated, depending on the type of business. Still, If we could structure even a fraction of […] more »

by Ellen Hume

One of the graduate students working with our Center for Future Civic Media at MIT was offended by the New York City “See Something, Say Something” Mass Transit Authority’s anti-terrorism campaign. Alyssa Wright felt it had an unhealthy impact on her city, encouraging people to look at each other with heightened suspicion. She read in […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

A few weeks ago, I asked a question that I’m still chewing on: what good is all this data ? Sitting the programmers down with reporters is a great advance over abandoning them to some cold dark dungeon, but I think we’ve got a ways to go to come up with really smart uses of […] more »

by David Ardia

As a lead up to the launch of the Citizen Media Law Project’s Legal Guide in January, we are putting up longer, substantive blog posts on our project blog discussing various subjects covered in the legal guide. The first post in the series stems from a talk I gave at the Legal Risk Management in […] more »

by David Ardia

At the Citizen Media Law Project we’ve finally finished building the interface for our Legal Threats Database, and I am excited to announce its public launch today. (If you would like to read our news release, you can find it here.) The database, which is funded by the Knight Foundation, catalogs the growing number of […] more »