So, What About that Review Series on Open Data Sites? (Part 2)

binary dataI have figured out the methodology, at least for Phase 1 of my study. I will post some reviews, “soon”, but the reviews won’t be out this month. Just, “soon”.

The delays are related mostly to a sick dog (mine), and then my sick dog almost dying and requiring major surgery, plus recovery. I’m afraid my time and concentration has not quite been on work as much as I would have liked these past 3 weeks. (My dog is recovering nicely, thank you for asking.)

Google Books Settlement Paths Forward Diagram Released

GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books SettlementJonathan Band has developed a diagram charting the possible outcomes of the Google Books settlement. Designed by Tricia Donovan, the diagram is called, “GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement”, and has been released by the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) as a poke at the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament. I have posted the full text of the press release below.

Library Copyright Alliance Releases Diagram Charting Many Ways Forward For Google Books Settlement

WASHINGTON DC—The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce the release of “GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement.” This diagram, developed by Jonathan Band, explores the many possible routes and outcomes of the Google Books Settlement, including avenues into the litigation and appeals process.

Now that the fairness hearing on the Google Books Settlement has occurred, it is up to Judge Chin to decide whether the amended settlement agreement (ASA), submitted to the Court by Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers, is “fair, reasonable, and adequate.” As the diagram shows, however, Judge Chin’s decision is only the next step in a very complex legal proceeding that could take a dozen more turns before reaching resolution. Despite the complexity of the diagram, it does not reflect every possible twist in the case, nor does it address the substantive reasons why a certain outcome may occur or the impact of Congressional intervention through legislation. As Band states, “the precise way forward is more difficult to predict than the NCAA tournament. And although the next step in the GBS saga may occur this March, many more NCAA tournaments will come and go before the buzzer sounds on this dispute.”

To view the diagram, please visit:

I had a good look over the Google Books settlement March Madness diagram. I am fascinated, but not surprised, at how complicated this process will continue to be for all of the parties involved. Overall, I like the layout and design, and the consistent use of color and direction. I think different software might have given it a more professional look, but the developer and designer managed to cram in a lot of information in a small amount of space. Since I am neither a lawyer nor a copyright expert, I cannot vet the content. This diagram does not take into account what litigation has already occurred.

If you were to re-create this diagram, keeping the same content, would you make any changes to the Information Design aspects? What do you think of the litigation process going forward?

[Via Brandon Butler at ARL.]

The State of the Internet

The State of the InternetThe creative agency Jess3 created this video on “The State of the Internet” for AIGA Baltimore. It reminds me of the video, “Is Information Management Hype?“, in that the authors of the video throw a lot of facts and figures at the viewer.

I found it interesting that there are 247 billion emails sent every day, 200 billion of which are spam. This means, according to a figure that appears a few seconds later and my own math, that 81% of sent emails are spam. I am disheartened to know that much bandwidth (re: $$$) is dedicated to sending large amounts of worthless email around the globe, and that even more money is wasted on the time and resources needed to block and delete it from our mailboxes.

I was also struck by the excellent Information Design aspects of the video. The fonts, colors, information, and music all work together to create a watchable, quantitative trip around the Internet.

Are there any numbers that struck you as particularly interesting?

[Via Nathan @FlowingData]

So, What About that Review Series on Open Data Sites?

binary dataA month ago I said that I would begin a series of reviews of Open Data sites. I am and I have. I reviewed the UK’s Open Data site. So…where are the rest of the reviews?

First, I am reviewing the Open Data sites as part of my dissertation work, so I have had to determine the methodology and get it approved. Then, I have to continue the review process, determine what I want to post on the blog, and decide what I want to keep private for research and publication purposes.

Second, I’ve had health problems that have held up all of my work. In February, repairing mid-back problems caused by my poor posture and too many hours on the computer limited the time I had available to be on the computer. As well, I came down with a lovely chest cough that took two weeks to get rid of. I believe that when your body gets worn down and “tells” you to rest, you should listen. I took some “rest” days, attended to my back, and I am the better for it.

I hope to begin posting reviews of the Open Data government sites within the month.