What We Are Reading
February 9, 2014
Enjoy these ideas, insights, and other bits of interestingness from around the web.
Disinformation Visualization: How to lie with datavis by Mushon Zer-Aviv. Data may be objective, but once you start using it to tell a story things can get a bit muddled. This niece piece uses great examples to show how data and data visualization can be used to manipulate and skew information.
How fitness trackers could be used inpatient and outpatient to monitor medication effects by Timothy Aungst. In this short piece, Dr. Aungst makes the argument that fitness trackers, although measuring steps, could give insights into how patients are feeling. I especially enjoyed the use of real data as an example.
Data and its Discontents – notes and reflections from a panel at Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium by Ethan Zuckerman. There are too many good ideas and interesting thoughts here to spoil it for you. A worthwhile read.
Connecting the Data Dots: Reporter for iPhone by Mills Baker. I enjoyed this piece because it was less an a technical app review and more of a thought piece on self-tracking tools framed by Feltons Reporter app – “It does not seem to be a “play” at something and doesn’t monetize you; it is a tool for self-knowledge.”
Something to Stand On. The economist takes a look at how the shift from service to platform is shaping the digital industry.
From the Forum
Statistical Findings. A great and ongoing discussion on applying statistics to personal data.
Common Blood Test – Sources, Prices, Advice. Where do you go if you want to get a blood test but don’t want to see a doctor?
Health Index Apps – Experiences and Impressions. What are the reliable health indexing services?