Monthly Archives August 2008

Vote for our SxSW Panel Talk, Get People Thinking about how the Web will help tame the Data Flood

Aaron Swartz of and, Kurt Bollacker from, Shawn O’Connor from, and we infochimps have each put in panel proposals for the SxSWi 2009 conference.  Please consider clicking through to rate (and comment!) on these talks:

By my cursory count, there are about three times as many proposals this year as last that center on using the web for large-scale data exploration, data mashups, visualization, etc. Even if you are not attending, though, your vote will help get more people learning about the current state and future possibilities of massive data exploration on the web.

Descriptions of those talks:

Beyond Mashup: Weaving the Global Data Tapestry
Data mashups of not a few but a few thousand sources become possible as community efforts, enabled by new tools and Creative Commons licensing, unify the world’s exploding store of free, open data. Come find out what’s awesome, what’s hard, and what’s possible when you discover there’s really only one dataset. (P Kromer,

How the Internet is Transforming Governance
The Internet is starting to revolutionize everything about politics and governance. Panelists will discuss new initiatives that harness the power of the Web to engage citizens in online activism, collaborative governance and oversight in ways that are radically shifting political power structures and fostering more transparency and accountability by elected officials. (Gabriela Schneider, Sunlight Foundation)

Petabyte as Platform – Building “Everything about Something” Sites
Find a topic some audience cares deeply about: their neighborhood, our government, every motorcycle ever made; and let visitors see, explore and understand it, and you make the world a better place. We’ll discuss how participating in the open, global data commons beneficially transform our culture and economy. (Kurt Bollacker,

Powers of Often: Powers of Ten in Time
In 1977, Charles & Ray Eames made a fascinating short film, Powers of Ten, showing the relative scales in the universe: from picnic, to city, to solar system, to galaxy, and so on, back to cells, molecules, and atomic nuclei. In the same spirit, Powers of Often will explore relative scales in time using real data and hard estimates: patterns of daily life, demographics, census data, generations, long term trends, forecasts, historical cycles, high-frequency finance, and solar cycles. (Shawn O’Connor,

Among all talks with “data” in the description, these also look interesting:

If you see any other worthwhile topics please reply.