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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Introducing the Data Engine

Building Interfaces for Data Engines by Matthew Hurst
There is a new category of online experience - the data engine. These sites (which include timetric, Data Market, Infochimps, The Guardian's Data Store, Nation Master and my own experimental site d8taplex) represent the intermediary between the formal data being released by many networked organizations and researchers (and many other data sources besides) and a user base spanning data journalists, data geeks and an unwary public. There are two central challenges facing these utilities: collecting data and providing mechanism to allow users to discover, explore and interact with data sets ... "

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