Here are some of my favorite links to projects, books, presentations, people, and organizations that are related to data and society.


A digital toolkit for communities

Using data in the service of humanity

Allows for precise analysis of the structures which underly sharing activity on the web

Unveil the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics

Code for America
Helping governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web

A social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free

Great visualization tool for helping people see and understand their data

An interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs

R Project
A language and environment for statistical computing and graphics

Visual Complexity
A resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks

Jeffrey Heer
Research group that develops novel interactive systems for visual analysis and communication

Eager Eyes
Reflections on the world of information visualization and visual communication of data

The world’s largest community of data scientists competing with each other to solve complex data science problems

Jer Thorp
Digital art practice that explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture

Solomon Messing
Research interests include technology and political communication, campaigns and constituent communication, polarization and media fragmentation

Original research and insights from OkCupid

Edward Tufte
A pioneer in the field of data visualization

An open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions

An open source suite of tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualization

Andrew Gelman
Director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University

Case Organic
A researcher exploring the field of cyborg anthropology and the interaction between humans and technology


The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-But Some Don’t┬áby Nate Silver

The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant by Sharon Bertsch Mcgrayne

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan

Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity by McKinsey Global Institute

The Data Deluge: Businesses, governments and society are only starting to tap its vast potential by The Economist

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte

Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques by Ian H. Witten

Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques by Jiawei Han

Introduction to Data Mining by Pang-ning Tan

Neural Networks and Learning Machines by Simon Haykin

Speech and Language Processing by Daniel Jurafsky

Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists by Casey Reas and Ben Fry

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

SQL Demystified by Andrew Oppel

Computer Power and Human Reason by Joseph Weizenbaum

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner