Get a free Silk site to share reports and other data, and create interactive visualizations

Silk is a platform where you can make websites with structured data and visualizations.

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A Silk site consists of normal web pages that have a special place to enter structured data. This data can be used for interactive graphs, maps and tables. Ideal for transparent sharing of NGO reports or data analysis. Create a site from scratch, or use the spreadsheet importer. The convenience of a database powered site, without technical experience required.





  • Featured Silk: The Tarantino Universe
    Posted 28 August 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Tarantino Universe Silk has extensive information about the 36 movies in which Tarantino was an actor, director, producer or writer. With 1784 pages on characters and 1526 pages on actors, you can create very cool overviews. The home page is full of interesting visualizations, like a grid with movie posters and plot information and a table about budgets and awards, which you can see below. Use the filter dropdowns to show films where Tarantino was a director, writer, actor or producer. You can click the column headers to sort the information. Data from
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  • Guest Blog: Shakespeare Standard
    Posted 11 August 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Ed Note: This is a guest blog post from one of our favorite Silk users. If you have an editorial site or project that you think could use a data component, ask us to help! Greetings from a fellow Silk User! My name is Jeremy Fiebig. I’m the Editor-in-Chief for The Shakespeare Standard (@shakestandard), a blog and news site devoted to seeing Shakespeare at work and at play. We feature news, interviews, and commentary from Shakespeare makers, scholars, teachers, and fans worldwide. We celebrate Shakespeare in performance, scholarship, and education and demonstrate that Shakespeare is alive and well in the theatres and classrooms. Today we are debuting a project we’ve been working on with that we’re calling “Shakespeare’s Data.” Shakespeare’s Data is built on Silk’s incredible system for interlinking and visualizing data. In our particular application, we’ve focused primarily on data about Shakespeare’s plays, their characters, and his famous sonnets. Data from Shakespeare’s Data enables users to dig deep into information about the plays and characters. From comparing publication dates to determining which character has the highest percentage of speeches in a given play, Shakespeare’s Data is an exceptional tool for visualizing Shakespeare’s works. We’ve been working with the wonderful team at Silk for the past few months to bring you this great resource and are excited to share it with you. More importantly, we are excited to continue developing Shakespeare’s Data to provide even richer data and resources to users. Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be working actively with Shakespeare’s Data to share insightful data and visualizations across our site and in social media, and we’ll be strengthening and developing the available resources found within Shakespeare’s Data. We look forward to seeing how our users can benefit from access to such an enriching tool and hope the Silk Community enjoys our site and Shakespeare’s Data.
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  • Featured Silk: Space History
    Posted 31 July 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Space History is an interactive database of 300 manned spaceflights, ranging from the first human spaceflight in history (Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961) to the most recent flights to the International Space Station. You can use the Silk to learn all about the history of man’s adventure’s in space. Every event has a large fact sheet, and you can click on explore to combine variables, add filters and choose the type of graph. You can also start with the visualizations on the home page or the map embedded below. Map of the landing sites of returning shuttles Data from
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  • Silk loves cities and open data
    Posted 28 July 2014 | 9:07 am
    We at Silk are city people. Our offices are in Amsterdam and San Francisco, two of the world’s greatest cities. We are also data people. Silk is all about embedding semantic data into every page and bringing that data to life. So its not surprising that one of our favorite data playgrounds is city data. Below is an application that we built in about 30 minutes using data from the City and County of Honolulu, in the beautiful island state of Hawaii. Honolulu’s data portal is powered by Socrata, a company we like very much. Data from This was a dataset of art in public places, a city and state program that not only has detailed location information but also images of hundreds of art installations. Silk can automatically import images from a list of URLs on a spreadsheet. This is how we make, in many cases, the visual, image-driven grids that you’ll see as the home page of many Silks. So, in essence, we were able to make a fully-featured web application complete with maps, grids, and detail pages on each piece of art solely by downloading Open Data from Honolulu and pushing it up into Silk. We believe that Open Data from cities is one of the most important trends in the realm of data transparency. Cities are incredibly important to the fabric of society. The biggest cities on Earth are enormous economic drivers. Even the smaller ones are hives of insanely detailed information that until a few years ago remained largely buried in obscure databases. This goes well beyond public art. Reporters and citizen journalists are using Open Data to build databases of crime reports, 911 calls and building permit maps. This is turning into real news coverage - like the ingenious blog posts by Ben Wellington of iQuantNY that showed which fire hydrants in New York City are grossing the most money per year. His work was picked up by Reddit and later by multiple new organizations including several of the major New York daily newspapers. The City of New York responded by making the fire hydrant markings clearer. We plan on diving into more and more city Open Data for Silks in the near future. So here are a few of our favorite places for city data. We hope you check them out. NYC Open Data - the Big Apple has a whopping 1100 datasets on offer. The data is relatively current and is updated frequently. SFData - San Francisco is the digital capital of the universe. Oddly, it lags behind New York in transparency but still posts an impressive 800+ datasets and views online. The data is not as granular as New York and some key sets are missing, but its a strong effort nonetheless. - Seattle is a recent arrival to the Open Data crowd but it already has over 1300 datasets and views on offer in its data store. The city is also aggressively updating data sets. These are just our favorites for now but we realize that many other cities are doing great things with Open Data. The Open Knowledge Foundation, Code For American, and built a wonderful rating guide for city data sites in the U.S. We’ll be checking out most of them in the near future, and we’ll also be on the lookout for data from cities outside the U.S. If you have good resources to share or if you have questions about how to use Silk with Open Data, please drop us a line. We’re happy to work with you on any project.
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