OA research in the news: New website turns data into knowledge | MIT Libraries News
"In 2013, federal, state, and local governments were required to make their data openly available. More than 195,000 datasets on property values, family incomes, and many other topics are now free for reuse. But how to sift through and understand it all? A new project announced this week by the MIT Media Lab promises to turn 'data into knowledge.' The project, a visualization website called Data USA, was led by Cesar Hidalgo, an associate professor in the Media Lab, who worked for over a year with the consulting firm Deloitte and programmers, economists, designers, and researchers to develop the site. Type 'Massachusetts' into the Data USA search box and the page displays options for exploring the economy, demographics, housing, and health. Under 'education,' for example, you can find the percentage of degrees awarded by MIT in the state (2.6%) and see a colorful visualization of the data ..."