The Best of 2016 Data News

The past 12 months have been… interesting, to say the least. Geopolitical turmoil has dominated the news cycle, and some truly unpleasant things have been said and printed. Niceness took a backseat in 2016, it seems. Although the open data-sphere certainly wasn’t immune to this barrage of negativity, there were some bright spots throughout the year — and I’m always a fan of going out on a high note.

It’s hard to pick my favourite data news story, but the recent ‘guerrilla’ climate change data archiving event at the University of Toronto is certainly near the top. Not only did the event take place at the Faculty of Information (where I did my Master of Information degree), but it also concerns climate change data, which is near and dear to my heart (and it should be to yours if you’re concerned about the health of this wonderful planet). You can read all about the recent archive-a-thon here and here.

The end of the year also brings the inevitable best-of lists. If you’re going to read one, I’d recommend checking out Walt Hickey’s The Best And Worst Data Stories Of 2016 on FiveThirtyEight. It’s pretty great.

And on that note, happy new year!


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