The quantity of information in the world is soaring. Merely keeping up with, and storing new information is difficult enough. Analyzing it, to spot patterns and extract useful information, is harder still. Even so, this data deluge has great potential for good—as long as consumers, companies, and governments make the right choices about when to restrict the flow of data, and when to encourage it. Find out more.
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to improve the way articles are categorised, showing the modifications as a sea of colour. Is it art? Is it information? Some datavisual works have been exhibited in places such as the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Others have been turned into books, such as the web project We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar, which captures every instance of the words feel or feeling on Twitter, a social-networking site, and matches it to time, location, age, sex and even the