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"Google rolled out a simple little feature today: enter â€œunemployment rate wayne countyâ€ and theyâ€™ll offer you a chart. Click it, and youâ€™ll see the unemployment rate since 1990, and be able to add other counties to compare.
"Thisâ€™ll get much more interesting if Google follows through (from the Official Google Blog):
The data weâ€™re including in this first launch represents just a small fraction of all the interesting public data available on the web. There are statistics for prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakersâ€™ salaries, number of wildfires, and the list goes on. â€¦ we have been working on creating a new service that make lots of data instantly available for intuitive, visual exploration. Todayâ€™s launch is a first step in that direction.
Tidy snippets of civic info, linkable and comparable, from all aspects of public data â€” thatâ€™s one damn cool almanac! More like Everyblock than Wikipedia. Data, but easier. Fucking linkable!
"In June Iâ€™ll start my first full-time journalism gig, as the News Applications Editor at the Chicago Tribune. The team Iâ€™ll be leading will be a new one, composed of programmers and investigative journalists, and weâ€™ll be building news applications in conjunction with the Tribâ€™s fantastic investigative team.
"Specifically what weâ€™ll make, I donâ€™t know, but I anticipate building a wide variety of data-driven web applications to visualize data and present investigative stories online. (If only the PolitiFact crew hadnâ€™t set the bar so highâ€¦)"
Newspaper accounted for 26.4% of local online dollars in 2008, down slightly from 26.9% in 2007 while pure-play companies such as Yahoo and Google, lost 2.1% of its local online share to 47.6%.
Borrell suggests that the "feet-on-the-street" sales teams, an estimated 98,000, are giving newspapers an edge over Internet-only sites. The firm forecasts that the local sales teams of newspapers will grow 30% in 2009 compared to 2008.
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