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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.





  • Introducing the Official Ig® Nobel Prizes Database
    Posted 18 September 2014 | 10:42 am
    At Silk we do love science. We like weird and improbable science even more. So it is our distinct pleasure to announce that we have been helping the Annals of Improbable Research put the Ig® Nobel Prizes into a proper online data format. For those who don’t know about the Ig® Nobels, they are annual awards for hilarious but thought-provoking scientific research. Data from At a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard University, each year the 10 Ig® Nobels are awarded by actual Nobel Prize winners from years past hand. This is no Stockholm fest. There are no cash prizes. The Ig® Nobel winners fly in at their own expense, from all over the world. But great fun is had by all. The research, too, is very real and often does hold some useful insights for both practical and theoretical purposes. Such as the research into whether the Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese is Affected by Temperature. As befits the madcap science mantra of the Ig® Nobel awards, their data was organized in, shall we say, a strange formatting system that rendered it difficult to search, filter and share. That’s music to our ears and our crack data journalism team (with Alice Corona on this project) whipped up a fully structured searchable interactive database going back to the inception of the first Ig® Nobel ceremony. We also built some nice visualizations like categories that get the most awards and a visible grouping of award winners by category. (Pro Tip: If you want to embed a copy of the Ig® Nobels on your website, you can easily do so. This works great on and Tumblr blogs, too). All awards are listed and indexed, as well as a brief description of the research. We have only included the awards through 2013 and will add the 2014 edition after the ceremony on September 18th. In the meantime, we invite you to peruse the Ig® Nobels, find out about improbable research, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. And if you have other suggestions for improbable Silk databases we can build for your organization or any other, do drop us a line on Twitter or via email.
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  • What's Uber Up To? Check the Job Listings
    Posted 12 September 2014 | 6:51 pm
    So what’s the game plan of the $18 billion dollar man? Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is notorious for keeping his cards close to the chest. Job listings don’t lie, however. They are an excellent way to divine key information about company expansion plans, state of operations and development, and general roadmap. Using Kimono Labs visual data extraction tool, Silk data journalist Caspar Egas pulled in all 461 job listings for Kalanick’s company. Then with Silk’s visualizations, maps, and filters, he broke them down by title, function, country, and continent. You can see the result at and some interesting findings below. Data from Geography: The findings point to rapid hiring growth in the U.S. but also in Asia. While there are 177 job openings in the US (more than in any other single country), most openings are outside the US: 258. When leaving out the US, by far the most openings are in Asia - a total of 124 positions - almost as much as the combined amount in all other continents. Data from Job Type: Close to half of all job openings are in Operations; the second largest group of openings fall under Local Marketing and Support. Engineering, Design and Product jobs make up only 1/8 of the total. In fact, Uber is hiring more Policy positions than Engineering position. This makes sense, given that Uber is engaged in what is essentially a political battle to convince local, state and national governments to allow it to operate (Germany just banned Uber for example). When excluding engineering, design and product jobs, there are more total Uber job postings outside of North America than inside the country. Close to half of all job openings are in Operations; the second largest group of openings fall under Local Marketing and Support. Small Percentage of Engineering Jobs Means Uber’s Tech Platform is Mature and Scaling Well: The small percentage of engineering jobs compared to operational, support, marketing and policy jobs implies that Uber’s backend is scaling very nicely and that it doesn’t need much more engineering firepower to continue to grow the company. The bottlenecks now are likely drivers and growing individual markets, as well as opening new ones. High Number of Policy and Communications Jobs Means Uber is a Political Beast: Kalanick hired in August top Obama Campaign operative David Plouffe. has 40 job opening for policy with many specific to the country or city level. This speaks to Kalanick’s view and tactics - he often uses grassroots efforts to engage (or some might say strongly encourage) political bodies and sway them in favor of Uber. That said, Uber might end up with the highest ratio of policy and comms employees as a percentage of the general employee makeup — ever! If you have an idea in mind for a market analysis of another company or sector using data then please ping us on Twitter. Most likely we’ll build an excellent Silk for you. Thanks for reading.
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  • Transparency, Wikileaks, and Data Journalism
    Posted 10 September 2014 | 10:20 am
    Anyone who has followed Silk knows we have a strong interest in government transparency, civil liberties and corporate responsibility. Yesterday we released the Wikileaks Spy Files Silk. This is the first and only searchable interactive database of the Spy Files. Data from The Spy Files are a trove of 569 leaked documents detailing the activities and practices of companies that sell mass surveillance and communication interception technologies. Wikileaks released three batches of the Spy Files. But you can search them all only in one place - on this Silk, made by Silk data journalist Alice Corona. For example, this query shows you all the technologies that were used to target Facebook users. Alice found that three companies - Blue Coat, Cobham and Gamma - make up 20% of all the leaked documents. There are many more surprising observations made by Alice on the Wikileaks Silk. The information is well summarized, but you can easily spend an hour or more sifting through the findings and reading the documents (there are download links pointing back to included in every page on the Silk). Of course, you can explore and filter all information on the Wikileaks Silk yourself, so you can do your own fact-finding. All of this brings me to another key point. Generating really interesting content is a big part of our strategy at Silk for several reasons. First, it’s how we show the world the possibilities of Silk and how we engage users. Second, we consistently hear back from heavy Silk users that they got ideas for their own Silks by looking at examples from our gallery. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, creating content is something we actually do for fun to play with and learn about our product. Original works like the one Alice did take many hours of time. But Silk makes it trivial to convert any spreadsheet into an interactive site with easy to manipulate visualizations. And that allows any Silk user to become a data journalist themselves, even if they are analyzing data from a static table in Wikipedia (such as this Silk which took a table of deaths on Everest and converted it into useful findings about percentages of nationalities killed). We will continue to pursue original data journalism and you should look for a lot more from Alice and the rest of the Silk team in the near future. And if you have a project in mind, drop us a line on Twitter. We would be happy to help build it.
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  • Add titles and captions to your Silk widgets
    Posted 4 September 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’d like to tell you about a much requested little feature we added to Silk today: you can now add titles and captions to your widgets! You can learn more about titles and captions on the Silk support pages. As always, we’re curious to hear what you think.
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