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Swivel – Flickr for data

Swivel graph screenshot

I came across Swivel today, and it’s a fascinating place. It’s a repository of publicly-uploaded data (and corresponding auto-generated graphs, it seems like) on anything under the sun. Today’s front page shows me interesting graphs on the falling US contribution to physics, top reasons why books get banned, and airline accidents and fatalities over the years.

The graphs are all Javascript (mouseover actions over a bar show the actual value), and there seem to be some basic manipulations you can do because of this. It’s still not very clear to me how they intend to ensure the reliability of data as service use increases, though. And I’d like for the graphs to be embeddable in web-pages as well as exportable in various (Swivel claims all data is Creative Commons).

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