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Check out what open public transit data is available in Finland:

I suspect a small minority of transit authorities in Canada may actually have GPS units on board buses, but I haven’t heard of any making the data publicly accessible — and not in such fine form. This is really beautiful to see, but it fills me with shame that we are light-years behind.

Original article in the Guardian:

Is anyone aware of any real-time data being made available in Canada?

MySociety has released some very useful and sexy interactive travel-time maps for the UK using public data.

Mix up and make pretty your data at Swivel:

Swivel’s mission is to liberate the world’s data and make it useful so new insights can be discovered and shared…

We believe data is most valuable when it’s out in the open where everyone can see it, debate it, have fun, and share new insights. Swivel is applying the power of the Web to data so that life gets better.

UPDATE: The graph below is titled: “The iPhone: did it shake up the phone market?”, and can be found here, with some added context/


This presentation is not actually about podcasting, it’s about data…but it was presented at podcastersacrossborders, and LibriVox is the inspiration for these thoughts.


Today’s New York Times has a story on regional variation in the availability and cost of health care. The story is accompanied by a “multimedia interactive graphic” — that is, a Flash visualization that chartsvariables on a U.S. map …For each mapped variable, mousing over the displayed hospital referral regions yields the local, state, and national values for that variable.

It’s nicely done. There’s no question that, as of mid-2007, this is cutting-edge data interactivity for the mainstream. But times are changing fast. The Times sourced this data from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. It took me five minutes to download the surgical data, upload it to Dabble DB, and publish a similar map along with a complete tabular dump.

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The great and famous Rosling Video, about data, from TED.

Not canadian but could be?  We have the best Radarsat data in the world  and have done some great work in the past with tracking down toxic bins floating around in flood zones using radar.  Radar is the only remote sensing technique that will cut through rain, fog, and cloud cover thus ideal during tropical storms, or for rainforest imagery.

The funding mechanism is also very interesting.