theinfo.org

theinfo.org is a community “for people with large data sets,” founded by Aaron Swartz. It’s essentially a wiki and a few Google Groups centered around three topics:

  • Get: acquiring data through scraping, crawling, or otherwise
  • Process: conversions, queries, algorithms and the like
  • View: visualization in any number of forms

I’m excited by the definition of this community, but a bit skeptical of the scope. My intuition is that communities centered around tools, (e.g. Processing) tend to thrive more than general task-focused groups. I really hope the emergent data understanding population finds this tool and helps shape it accordingly. (via waxy)