How to make sense of it all?
More data isn't necessarily better unless it's properly collected, curated and analysed.
Water markets are essential for many farmers to keep their crops alive.
The market for water entitlements is worth tens of billions, encouraging investors to raise funds and get involved. But the data shows they aren't having a big impact on prices.
Robotics and other farm technologies can provide a wealth of data to farmers and agribusiness.
The extension of laws on unfair contract terms to cover small businesses, may help farmers take more control of the data their farms generate.
Children play alongside stagnant water and rubbish in Lagos, Nigeria.
Africa battles with a dearth of data and seems unable to scale up health innovations. If these can be systematically addressed, the continent can take great strides towards better health for all.
Data can be used to limit damage from natural disasters and to improve our lives.
Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
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A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
How can the law deals with a new space like the datasphere ?
Businesses need to consult customers to work out what is reasonable when it comes to using and securing their data.
Business Briefing: Trusting business to take care of your data.
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Businesses need to take the lead to show customers and governments that industry can handle data management, says former ACCC chief Graeme Samuel.
The NFL joins the Age of Metrics.
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With chips embedded in footballs in Thursday night games, the NFL is moving toward a data-driven future. How will fans, media and teams benefit?
Education policy can’t get off the ground because of a lack of good data.
Education policy in Australia is being held back by a lack of data.
Cybersecurity risks increase with the amount of outsourcing a company does.
Business Briefing: hack-proof, how business can stay ahead in cybersecurity.
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Businesses are going about cybersecurity the wrong way and need to go back to the question: what are you trying to protect?
The truth is that data in Africa are not produced on time, not frequently enough, are of poor quality and aren't accurate. This makes it difficult to make data driven decisions.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
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More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
Who’ll be the next president of the United States – Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
The Australian census is just one way to gather data on people. We also freely give out information in other ways that can be used to study many things, and maybe even predict an election result.
Sampling is a powerful scientific tool - when it’s used honestly.
Some water researchers are ignoring the evidence offered by sampling if it doesn't fit their preconceived notions. But science should always be honest and open.
Ranking organisations call the shots about which universities are ‘best’.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
In-depth surveys allow governments to drill their understanding down to street level.
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Without data, people don't know what to believe or whom to trust. Empirical, thorough data collected by academics can help to fill important governance gaps.
Education groups need to make sure they use data to make useful comparisons that are in no way misleading.
The way the higher education sector uses data from the OECD is often technically correct, but substantively misleading.
How can we get more doctors using better data?
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Analyzing electronic data from many doctors' experiences with many patients, we can move ever closer to answering the age-old question: what is truly best for each patient?