Is there statistical evidence of race and gender bias in the enforcement of Stand Your Ground (SYG) laws in the United States?
SYG laws - in operation across most US states - state that a citizen may use any level of force, including lethal, if he or she reasonably perceive an immediate threat of bodily harm or death. Florida passed the first such law in 2005.
Justin Murphy, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) at Southampton University, recently shared a paper where he used import.io and data from the Tampa Bay Times to argue that: “'Stand your ground' laws reinforce white supremacy in the streets and patriarchy in the home”. You can read Justin’s blog post (which we’ve posted a summary of below) here and his paper in full here. Read More
Every Friday at import.io we have a company-wide meeting where we get together and listen to one of the team talk about something data or company related that they’ve been working on. If we’re not convinced, we fire them. After that, we have cake.
Just kidding… there’s no cake.
Last week’s Friday talk revealed that a lot of our users really want a better way to put data into databases like SQL.
Occasionally we developers get a little time to ourselves to hack together some side projects or proof of concepts that could later get turned into features. Inspired by what I learned on Friday, I thought it would be a fun idea to come up with an easier way to send data from a website straight into an SQL database with zero hassle. Read More
Alex here, and thanks to everyone who joined yesterday’s webinar. For those who missed it, we took a sneak peek of a couple of brand new features that quite a few people have been asking for - Bulk Extract and the new Bookmarklet are coming to make your data extraction projects with import.io even smoother. Read More
Last night we hosted the first Big Data Debate of 2015. Rather fittingly, the focus was on the Big Data trends our panelists expect to see in the coming year. The panel, moderated by our CDO Andrew Fogg, featured a trio of Big Data experts including Duncan Ross, Data Scientist at Teradata, Ben Rush, CEO of Audiolock, and our own CEO David White.
While everyone agreed that Big Data is going to be a Big Deal in 2015, there was much debate about what specifically would be the next “data craze”. You can follow the debate on Twitter by tweeting @bigdatadebate and by signing up to the BDD meetup group.
In the meantime, here are the Top 5 Data Crazes to watch out for in 2015 as brought to you by our BDD panel. Read More
Oscar fever is sweeping the world! Will it be a Birdman sweep? Which depiction of a great historical British character (Stephen Hawking or Alan Turing) will take home Best Actor? Can Meryl Streep pull off yet another win?
Well, we may not be able to answer those questions just yet, BUT using the power of historical data, I have devised the the perfect formula to create a film that’s a shoe-in for an Oscar win! And today, I’m sharing that analysis with you lucky people. Use it wisely! Read More
This is a recap of our most recent webinar where we looked at advanced crawling techniques using import.io. Follow us down the garden XPath as we check out some features for confident users looking to get the most out of their crawlers.
This webinar is all about our advanced features. If you’re new to import, I recommend you watch this Getting Started webinar first, because we’ll be skipping some of the basics to get down into the real meat of what import can do. Advanced crawling, XPaths, URL templates - this webinar’s got all that and more. Read More
For this webinar I am joined by the guys over at MonkeyLearn! If you’re not familiar, MonkeyLearn is an up-and-coming cloud text mining platform. They’ve created a really simple interface that puts the power of machine learning in your hands. With their help, we're going to mine LinkedIn for job information and then analyse it with MoneyLearn to hopefully find out which city is best for your career! Read More
This is a guest post by I’m Emanuele Conti, a freelance graphic designer and co-founder of Tuxtax.
Creating a Music Infographic
For this self-initiated project, I wanted to combine my passions for music and data by creating an infographic for music.
I used www.whosampled.com as the source for my analysis. This site has well-structured pages, with a lot of informations about sampled songs, so it was the right choice for this project. Import.io was extremely helpful in collecting the data I needed. Read More
At import.io we have a lot of different options and tools for getting data from the web. And navigating them can sometimes be a bit tricky. In this webinar, I take you on a comprehensive journey of all that import has to offer. From the simple pasting of a URL to the ultra-powerful automating actions, by the time you're done watching this video you will be a data extracting master! Read More
Today’s webinar is a really exciting one because I am joined by none other than Caspar from Silk.co. Silk is a data publishing platform which helps you visualize data in a fun and unique way. Together we’re going to be analysing the San Francisco housing market - a place I’d love to move (hint, hint import). Read More