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What Data Can’t Do - for one Thing, it Can't Measure Social Context

What Data Can’t Do - for one Thing, it Can't Measure Social Context | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Data can’t account for everything in our experience, nor serve as the only guide for our thinking, planning and decision-making.
janlgordon's insight:

This piece is written by DavidBrooks from the NY Times I selected it because it raises some important issues about the way we measure data. The author talks about the strengths and limitations of data analysis as we have known it and what our current challenges are today.


The author says:.


'The big novelty of this historic moment is that our lives are now mediated through data-collecting computers"    .


He goes on to say........


**In this world, data can be used to make sense of mind-bogglingly complex situations.


**Data can help compensate for our overconfidence in our own intuitions and can help reduce the extent to which our desires distort our perceptions.


"But there are many things big data does poorly. Let’s note a few in rapid-fire fashion"


Here's what caught my attention:


**Data struggles with context. Human decisions are not discrete events. They are embedded in sequences and contexts


**People are really good at telling stories that weave together multiple causes and multiple contexts.


**Data analysis is pretty bad at narrative and emergent thinking, and it cannot match the explanatory suppleness of even a mediocre novel.


**Data obscures values.


The author says:


I recently saw an academic book with the excellent title, “ ‘Raw Data’ Is an Oxymoron.”


**One of the points was that data is never raw; it’s always structured according to somebody’s predispositions and values.


**The end result looks disinterested, but, in reality, there are value choices all the way through, from construction to interpretation.


Takeaway:


**This is not to argue that big data isn’t a great tool. It’s just that, like any tool, it’s good at some things and not at others


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://nyti.ms/VGcWw7]

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janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2013 6:18 PM
Well put Neil Wilkins, I'm in total agreement!!
janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2013 6:19 PM
Thank you Stephen Dale, adding context through narrative is a skill all by itself. Thanks for your comment....
Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:12 AM

Los límites de los datos.

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Social Data And Curation Models Enable People to Make Informed Choices

Social Data And Curation Models Enable People to Make Informed Choices | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Ed Chi, a member of Google’s in-house research team, reveals how the behaviors of the next generation of web users are going to look vastly different from today’s.

While search is about navigating to a particular place, it is social data that enables people to make informed choices.

 

Filtering – helping users deal with only the most important and relevant information – is a big priority in this era of rapid development. Our information consumption is increasingly driven through social news, with friends, family, and colleagues recommending things they think are important or relevant to us. 

 

Curation is another lens through which information like the news is filtered. But users assign different levels of trust to algorithmically determined news, professionally curated news, and news selected by their friends. Those trust profiles aren’t entirely intuitive yet, and we’ve found that users are pretty demanding in their assessment of automated news curation if the results aren’t what they expected.

 

The way users relate to all these models is something we’re looking at very closely. Understanding how users respond to and interact with information within these frameworks will also be essential for marketers...

[read full article http://j.mp/pNoIAe]


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Social Network Tribes Gaining Momentum - The Latest Findings [Infographic]

Social Network Tribes Gaining Momentum - The Latest Findings [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is by Jeff Bullas and infographic by Go-Gulf.com


Intro:


There is one thing we do know and that the era of one social network that fits all is gone. The social network tribes are splintering onto different social media platforms because they now have real choice.


What you'll find in the infographic is demographics, monthly visitors on each network, who's on what network


So Who is Using What?


Here are a few findings on 5 major social networks:


Time spent by Average Social networking user per month


**Facebook 405 minutes


**Pinterest  405 minutes


**Twitter        89 minutes


**Linkedin       21 minutes


**Google+         Why You Shouldn't Ignore G00gle+

                               Updated information


There are lots of links to other articles about social networking in this piece that will give you more data on demographics


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/LUujhk]

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Beth Kanter's comment, July 5, 2012 6:14 PM
This post caught my eye the other too .. thanks for curating it