Processes of data collection and analysis being used to decide policy need to be as independent and transparent as possible, particularly on issues as contentious as Sydney’s lockout laws.
The collection and analysis of data used for making policy should be independent and open to ensure public trust in decision-making. The debate over alcohol licensing shows why this matters.
Analysing big data can tell us how a big city ticks, including where suitable housing and jobs are, and how best to get to them.
We have learnt to be wary of big data, but it can also be your friend: one platform combines and analyses data about housing, jobs and transport to reveal very useful information about living in Perth.
Working together, people and technology companies can make a lot of progress.
Amazon, Facebook and Google have lofty goals for their effects on global society. But people around the world are still waiting for the positive results. Here's what the tech giants could do.
Is a cassette player an “ordinary object” or a “mystery”? It depends on whom you ask, and ethnography can help you ask the right questions.
Big data is all the rage in management circles and beyond, yet little is said about the understanding needed with such voluminous data. An important lesson can be learned from ethnographic research.
This year’s preliminary release of NAPLAN data was due out August 8.
Much of the controversy over the delay in this year's NAPLAN data comes down to its misuse and a misunderstanding of statistical comparability.
It can be complicated to teach a computer to detect harassment and threats.
It could seem attractive to try to teach computers to detect harassment, threats and abusive language. But it's much more difficult than it might appear.
How accurately can you be profiled online?
An email from Aleksandr Kogan sheds light on exactly how much your Facebook data reveals about you, and what data scientists can actually do with that information.
Noise around extreme practices drowns out how data analytics is being used in everyday ways. To really consider control of our data we must look beyond Cambridge Analytica.
Engineering can greatly bolster any country’s development and growth.
Africa has recorded a tremendous growth in its output of academic engineering research over the past 20 years. Greater collaboration can increase this growth even more.
Data should be open, shareable - but not at the expense of African researchers and communities.
A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
Step one is not being afraid to reexamine a site that’s been previously excavated.
Dominic O'Brien. Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
A team of archaeologists strived to improve the reproducibility of their results, influencing their choices in the field, in the lab and during data analysis.
Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity.
Enshrining the need for planning healthy built environments in legislation will help ensure the fundamental role planners have to play in facilitating healthy lifestyles.
Can an algorithmic method for analyzing published research help zero in on reality?
Researchers need to be able to draw conclusions based on previously published studies in their field. A new aggregation method synthesizes prior findings and may help reveal more of the big picture.