Under the sea / In fondo al mar

(EN) My friend Paolo together with infographic designer David Boardman launched today the english version of  in.fondo.al.mar (under the sea),  an info-visualisation work-in-progress project about a series of sinkings and incidents in the Mediterranean Sea in the last 30 years, involving  “poison-ships”, which are suspected of having carried toxic and radioactive waste. The most shocking fact about these sinkings is that the ships would have been sunk deliberately to dispose of tons of toxic, chemical and radioactive waste. The mechanism is simple: you own a big container ship that has an accident and is sinking or is very old. You don’t want to lose all the money so you sell your ship to organized crime which will stuff it with toxic waste (ah the business of toxic waste!) and let it sink. I made the story simple, but many subjects are involved in this traffic, also some institutions: here’s an article in italian on the topic written by Paolo and

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Parliamentarians and good governance / Parlamentari e buona governance

(EN) Is there a connection between good governance and how much parlamentarians are paid? Shakeupmedia made an interactive map confronting 3 indexes (Democracy Index, the UN’s Human Development Index and the Perception of Corruption Index) to compare countries in the world. Larger the angle, farther from center the dot, worse the governance. Click and drag to find all of them! (IT) C’è una qualche relazione tra una buona governance e quanto sono pagati i suoi parlamentari? Shakeupmedia ha prodotto una mappa interattiva mettendo a confronto 3 indici  (l’indice di democrazia, quello di sviluppo umano e l’indice di percezione della corruzione) per comparare i paesi del mondo.  Più grande è l’angolo, più lontano e il puntino dal centro, peggiore è la governance. Clicca e trascina per trovarli tutti.

Open source activity map / La mappa dell’attività open source

Red Hat published a new study together with Georgia Tech mapping open source activity across 75 countries. Officially called the Open Source Index (OSI), the final score is made of a number of factors including policies, practices in the Government, Industry, and Community. Topping the list current is France with a score of 1.35. Spain is second at 1.07, Germany third at 1.05, United States  ninth at 0,89, Italy  eleventh at 0.70. Some countries are not in the list because data are not available. On the website it’s clear that the map is a work in progress: The practical significance is something that must still be evaluated. This Index does not make any final causal statements about what causes or does not cause open source activity. It’s a tool to start to find those relationships and build an evidence base. – —————————– Red Hat ha pubblicato uno studio fatto insieme a Georgia Tech mappando l’attività open source in 75 paesi

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