Silk

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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Silk
 

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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.

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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 honolulu-art-in-public-places.silk.co 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. data.seattle.gov - 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 Sunlight.org 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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  • Featured Silk: Shipwrecks
    Posted 17 July 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The Shipwrecks Silk contains information on 824 major maritime disasters from Roman times up to 2014. Beautiful images and accurate descriptions and tags make it a very interesting Silk to explore. Below are a few interesting discoveries. We used Kimono Labs to pull in the data and ImportXML in Google Sheets for additional details. Major maritime disasters before 1700 Data from shipwrecks.silk.co Major maritime disasters per country Data from shipwrecks.silk.co Major maritime disasters with the most victims Data from shipwrecks.silk.co
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  • Featured Silk: Tour de France
    Posted 11 July 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The Tour de France Silk brings together key data on all teams, riders, stages, sponsors and previous editions of the Tour de France. Explore and analyze away - compare average speeds for all editions for instance: Data from tour-de-france-2014.silk.co Or access the data collections and analyses: Data from tour-de-france-2014.silk.co And check out this map of stage winners: Data from tour-de-france-2014.silk.co This is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you are interested in cycling or sport statistics in general, head over to tour-de-france-2014.silk.co. And keep an eye on the site: Caspar (creator of the Silk) will update it regularly. Send him a message if you have feedback or questions.
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  • Introducing Inline Filtering
    Posted 7 July 2014 | 3:30 pm
    We are excited to announce inline filters to Silk visualizations. This feature lets Silk editors place a filter on top of any of their visualizations. In our tests this small addition made a big difference: people are much more inclined to play around with visualizations that have an inline filter added to them. Here is an embed from world.silk.co showing population growth. Use the inline region filter to look at population growth per region. Click on the filter, and type in a region, like ‘America’ or ‘Africa’. Data from world.silk.co As you can see inline filters also work with embedded visualizations, so you can easily use them on your blog or website. We use them ourselves for our home page with examples of cool Silks. To add an inline filter, click on the ‘Add inline filter’ link when editing or exploring a Silk visualization. Select a tag to filter for, and it will be displayed on top of the visualization. You can click the dropdown and enter a default filter value. We had great fun testing it out, and we think it adds to the experience of browsing a Silk or interacting with a Silk embed. Let us know if you need any help adding an inline filter, and please send us a link if you find a nice use case for this new feature!
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