Author Archives: Orlando Hughes

Census 2011 results, etc.

It is not always easy to work out where we are with regard to the recent census. However, there have been some excellent efforts to date, which this short post will direct you to. The results of the 2011 census are in the process of being released in four waves. Wave one was July 2012, [...]

Open data open season

As the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) reports on the latest pressure brought to bear on the Government’s Open Data initiative, signs of a thriving and well-resourced statistics and data-based movement abound. The UK Statistics Authority, with Andrew Dilmot now in the chair, have instructed the Office of National Statistics to ensure that all responses to [...]

FIT to burst

The government announced on Monday that the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) for solar photovoltaics (PV) are to be dramatically reduced, potentially constituting a terrible blow to the UK solar industry, numerous community projects and individuals. Although a consultation on a review of the FITs was announced by government – due to close on 23 December 2011 [...]

Crying wolf: adventures at the cutting edge of data access

Somewhere between our data access dreams as researchers and the chaotic ocean of information on tap at our workstations lies a new hope: Wolfram|Alpha. Long fascinated by the problem of access to data, Stephen Wolfram, a British-born scientist and the progenitor of the Mathematica software, released the remarkable Wolfram|Alpha in 2009. More an answer engine [...]

The wake of BP

A brisk survey of mainstream media reports in the wake of BP’s recent apparent comeuppance seems to reveal a large helping of schadenfreude. It is a given, apparently, that BP and the others form part of a destructive complex that we’d be better off without. Before we jump on board, though, perhaps we should take [...]