EU Big Data Strategy & Policy

2015-06-24 / 0 comments

In July 2014, the Commission outlined a new strategy on Big Data, supporting and accelerating the transition towards a data-driven economy in Europe. The data-driven economy will stimulate research and innovation on data while leading to more business opportunities and an increased availability of knowledge and capital, in particular for SMEs, across Europe. Read more:…

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CNBC Special Report on Data Economy

2015-06-24 / 0 comments

Compiled in the year 2013. Its all available here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100627971

Thoughts on Philology- A tribute to Hermann Usener

2015-06-23 / 0 comments

Only through devoted preoccupation with the spiritual traces of vanished times, that is to say through philological research, can we train ourselves to feel with the past; then gradually sympathetic strains may be set in motion within us so that we find in our own consciousness the threads that link ancient and modern times. A…

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ISO Working Group on Metadata Standards

2015-06-22 / 0 comments

ISO organized its activities concerning the definition of metadata stadards in the Joint Technical Committee 001, Subcommittee 32, Working Group 02 (ISO/IEC JTC 001/SC 32/WG 02). Their communications and documentations can be found at http://metadata-standards.org/

GeoNames Premium Web Services

2015-06-22 / 0 comments

Geonames provides a number of premium services with various service levels for commercial users of their data. A nice example of how they make money out of open (government) data.

STW Thesaurus for Economics

2015-06-22 / 0 comments

The STW Thesaurus for Economics might be helpful while searching ZBW’s economics portal EconBiz and the ECONIS catalogue on economic issues (simply via or icon). The thesaurus provides vocabulary on any economic subject: more than 6,000 standardized subject headings and about 19,000 entry terms to support individual keywords. You can also find technical terms used…

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Language & Myth – A tribute to Ernst Cassirer

2015-06-21 / 0 comments

Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945),  a predecessor of the Vienna Circle and pioneer in modern linguistics and cultural philosophy, says any linguistic construct is mythological in its essence. […] all symbolism harbors the curse of mediacy; it is bound to obscure what it seeks to reveal. […] Consequently all schemata which science evolves in order to classify,…

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Eurostat Glossaries

2015-06-20 / 0 comments

The Statistics Explained Glossary covers all statistical and general terms in Statistics Explained in need of a definition or explanation. Because it is quite large, it may be easier to consult instead one of the focused thematic glossaries from the clickable overview below; they are organised according to statistical themes, preceded by a list of…

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What is Data?

2015-06-20 / 0 comments

The etymological roots of data stem from the latin term “dare”, which means “to give”, “to present”, “to offer”. The term “data” is the plural form of the passive particle perfect “datum” and can be translated with “given” or “delivered”. Hence, in its orginal meaning and till the middle ages the term “data” had a…

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