Karen Blakeman on March 27th, 2010

Currently a Google Labs project, the Public Data explorer (http://www.google.com/publicdata/home) “makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.” The example given on the home page is a chart showing data from the World Bank on fertility rates […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 26th, 2010

News International has announced their pricing plans for two of their UK online newspapers –  The Times and the Sunday Times. The charges will start in June and users will have to pay £1 for a day’s access and £2 for a week.  The Times already charges for its 200 year archive: £4.95/day, £14.95/month or […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 22nd, 2010

Wordle of Gordon Brown’s speech “Building Britain’s digital Future” http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1813010/Gordon_Brown_on_building_Britains_digital_futurel Gordon Brown outlined the UK government’s plans for “Building Britain’s Digital Future” this morning. (Twitter hashtag #bbdf). On re-reading the draft of my comments on the event it struck me that I have become a Grumpy Old Woman. I might been more positive had I […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 16th, 2010

According to this morning’s news too many of us in the UK are bothering GPs with minor ailments such as coughs and colds (BBC News – Too many visit GPs with minor ailments, campaigners say http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8569173.stm). A report by the  “Self-Care Campaign” says common ailments account for nearly one fifth of GPs’ workload. I was […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 12th, 2010

If you need to track down statistics and market research via the web I am running a hands-on workshop under the UKeiG banner in Newcastle on Wednesday 21st April. The venue is the Netskills Training Suite, University of Newcastle. Further details of the workshop and a booking form are available on the UKeiG web site […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 12th, 2010

Google’s SearchWiki is no more, and I am celebrating. Searchwiki required you to be signed in to a Google account and enabled you to to re-sort, remove, and comment on search results. Your preferences  were remembered from one search to the next and once started it was not easy to turn off. For my personal […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 11th, 2010

Google Street View now covers most of the UK. When I last looked at Caversham and Reading on March 9th they were not covered. Today they are! Looking at various pieces of evidence – for-sale signs, new buildings or lack of them, and the progress of exterior refurbishment – the photos in my part of […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 10th, 2010

The participants at the latest advanced search workshop were all from the public sector and had very strong views on some of the new developments in search. They were definitely not impressed by Google automatically enabling web history with a view to “personalizing” search results. (See Your Google results are about to get weirder http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2009/12/17/your-google-results-are-about-to-get-weirder/). […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 7th, 2010

CILIP in the Thames Valley evening event Date: Tuesday 6 April 2010 Time: 18.00 for 18.30 Venue: Great Expectations, 33 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=471801&y=173139&z=0&ar=Y Chrissy Allott: CASH, a Current Awareness Service for Health From a local to a national current awareness and alerting service; from primary care to mental health and secondary […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 1st, 2010

The presentation that I am giving at this evening’s CLSIG meeting in Birmingham is now available: PowerPoint (download from this site – 3.2 MB) Slideshare authorSTREAM I have given the presentation a Creative Commons 3 non-commercial by attribution license, which means you are free to download and re-use it as long you cite me as […]

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