Books : reviews

Toby Segaran, Jeff Hammerbacher.
Beautiful Data: the stories behind elegant data solutions.
O'Reilly. 2009

Discover just how wide-ranging—and beautiful—working with data can be. Through this collection of personal stories, 39 of the best data practitioners in the field explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions for a variety of projects, ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video, and much more. With this book, you will: • Explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in vast online datasets • Learn how to visualize trends in urban crime using maps and data mashups • Discover how crowdsourcing and transparency have advanced the state of drug research • Understand how new data can alert users when it overlaps preexisting data • Learn about the massive infrastructure required to process DNA data