There was wonderful example of a “statistics meets news” car crash on the radio this morning. Take an interviewer who seems to be uncomfortable with numbers, poorly prepared by the editors/researchers, some statistics that were not published, presented by a lobby group that has not heard of open data or modern publishing standards, and you end up with an amusing but fundamentally totally groundless piece. People deserve better. The story about the demise of the bearded collie was classic #fakenews and was of little consequence but when the same standards of data spinning and innumeracy are applied to something important we all suffer. Continue reading Not the dog’s b*ll*cks!
If you are hoping for an open data revolution in government that could deliver new knowledge, statistics and understanding of our society and economy, one place that you might hope to see it appear is in the Office for National Statistics. The progress to date has been very disappointing but future prospects are more rosy. Continue reading Open data, the ONS and government statistics