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#FlashHacks: Crowdscraping Corporate Data to Understand "The Man"

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, July 8 2014

(Photo: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

You probably work for β€œThe Man.” If not you, then someone close to you does, and even if you have no friends or family, your government is almost certainly doing business with him. Wouldn't it be nice to know a bit more about the so-called β€œMan”? Thanks to the massive open data project OpenCorporates, you now can, and they are intensifying their data opening efforts with #FlashHacks, a crowdscraping campaign launched today. The campaign goal is to release 10 million data points on the companies you work for, work with, buy from, sell to, and deal with in tangible and intangible ways every day, and all in just 10 days.

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Who Controls 'Twistory?'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

University of Massachusetts political science professor Stuart W. Shulman has built software for doing textual analysis on large amounts of data. So when he saw an explosion of Twitter activity around the death of Osama ... Read More