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Seek and you will find?

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Yes... but probably not what you were expecting! Presentation given to NetIKX at the British Dental Association, 18th March 2015

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Seek and you will find?

  1. 1. Seek and you will find? Yes ... but probably not what you were expecting NetIKX, 18th March 2015, #netikx72 British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS Karen Blakeman RBA Information Services http://www.rba.co.uk/ Karen.Blakeman@rba.co.uk twitter.com/karenblakeman Presentation available for a short time at: http://www.rba.co.uk/as/ This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License.
  2. 2. EU - so called “right to be forgotten” ruling www.rba.co.uk 2 Mario Costeja Gonzalez Edition of Monday, January 19, 1998, page 23 - Newspaper - Lavanguardia.es http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/preview/19 98/01/19/pagina-23/33842001/pdf.html EU Court of Justice ruled that Google is a “data controller” under Data Protection legislation and must remove, if requested, links to information that is “inadequate, irrelevant .... or excessive” from search results on a person’s name. Applies to search engines in the EU, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland 17/03/2015
  3. 3. www.rba.co.uk 3 Scale of EU 'right to be forgotten' rules revealed by Google http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2952260/The-scale-EU-right- forgotten-rules-revealed-Google-says-forced-delete-260-000-links-legislation- criticised-protecting-terrorists-criminals.html 17/03/2015
  4. 4. www.rba.co.uk 4 Spanish Newspapers Suddenly Regret Forcing Google Out Of Spain - http://uk.businessinsider.com/spanish-newspapers-have-changed-their- minds-and-are-now-begging-google-news-to-stay-2014-12 How Google News Lives On In Spain Despite Being Closed http://searchengineland.com/google-noticias-lives-google-spains-homepage-211146 17/03/2015
  5. 5. Oh joy - NOT! www.rba.co.uk 5 More UK information vanishes into GOV.UK http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2015/02/28/more-uk-information- vanishes-into-gov-uk/ 17/03/2015
  6. 6. Where’s the information gone to? List of departments, agencies and public bodies at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations “Home pages” on GOV.UK Data and information may still be on the old websites Data may have been moved to http://data.gov.uk/ Information may have been sent to http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/ Or information may have been “lost” Don’t rely on just GOV.UK search – use Google/Bing site: command combined with filetype: if appropriate www.rba.co.uk 617/03/2015
  7. 7. www.rba.co.uk 717/03/2015
  8. 8. "Yes Minister" The Skeleton in the Cupboard (TV Episode 1982) - Quotes - IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751825/quotes 8www.rba.co.uk James Hacker: [reads memo] This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, some correspondence lost in the floods of 1967... James Hacker: Was 1967 a particularly bad winter? Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, a marvellous winter. We lost no end of embarrassing files. James Hacker: [reads] Some records which went astray in the move to London and others when the War Office was incorporated in the Ministry of Defence, and the normal withdrawal of papers whose publication could give grounds for an action for libel or breach of confidence or cause embarrassment to friendly governments. James Hacker: That's pretty comprehensive. How many does that normally leave for them to look at? James Hacker: How many does it actually leave? About a hundred?... Fifty?... Ten?... Five?... Four?... Three?... Two?... One?... *Zero?* Sir Humphrey Appleby: Yes, Minister. [Add “transfer to GOV.UK” to the list of excuses] 17/03/2015
  9. 9. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/ www.rba.co.uk 917/03/2015
  10. 10. Wayback Machine http://www.archive.org/ www.rba.co.uk 1017/03/2015
  11. 11. Remember - Google knows best Google very kindly.... 1. Goes to great lengths to personalise your results according to your search history, contacts, location, device, phase of the moon, the train, bus or tram you take to work and anything else it can think of 2. Rewrites your search for you by leaving out some of your terms and looking for weird and wonderful alternatives 3. Doesn’t bother you with everything that might be relevant 4. Changes its algorithms on a regular basis to keep you on your toes 5. Constantly conducts experiments on you to ensure that you don’t feel forgotten www.rba.co.uk 1117/03/2015
  12. 12. Google no longer looks at keywords in isolation Tries to make “sense” of your search and put it into context, natural language queries, uses what others have searched and clicked on Constantly changing – all bets are off when it comes to predicting what your results will look like How you ask your question is taken into account, device you are using is taken into account Providing Quick Answers and “facts”, extracts from websites giving you the “answer” www.rba.co.uk 1217/03/2015
  13. 13. www.rba.co.uk 1317/03/2015
  14. 14. www.rba.co.uk 1417/03/2015
  15. 15. 17/03/2015 www.rba.co.uk 15
  16. 16. www.rba.co.uk 1617/03/2015
  17. 17. www.rba.co.uk 1717/03/2015
  18. 18. www.rba.co.uk 1817/03/2015
  19. 19. www.rba.co.uk 19 What could possibly go wrong? 17/03/2015
  20. 20. www.rba.co.uk 2017/03/2015
  21. 21. www.rba.co.uk 21 And then on another day... 17/03/2015
  22. 22. http://googlesystem.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/google- knowledge-graph-gets-confused.html www.rba.co.uk 2217/03/2015
  23. 23. One of many wrong Quick Answers submitted to me by a delegate at a recent conference www.rba.co.uk 23 Many thanks to Philip Stirups for the example. About 24 hours after taking this screen shot Google corrected the error. 17/03/2015
  24. 24. www.rba.co.uk 24 Google "Henry VIII wives": Jane Seymour reveals search engine's blind spots http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/23/google_henry_viii_wives_ jane_seymour_reveals_search_engine_s_blind_spots.html Image courtesy of Will Oremus 17/03/2015
  25. 25. www.rba.co.uk 2517/03/2015
  26. 26. Waitrose Caversham opening times New Year’s Day www.rba.co.uk 26 Google used the standard opening times in its answer, not the seasonal opening times 17/03/2015
  27. 27. www.rba.co.uk 27 http://searchengineland.com/google-shows-source-credit-quick-answers- knowledge-graph-203293 But Google’s choice of “basic factual data” may be wrong! 17/03/2015
  28. 28. www.rba.co.uk 28 Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - 28 February 2015 - New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530102.600-google- wants-to-rank-websites-based-on-facts-not-links.html 17/03/2015 http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519
  29. 29. Or maybe not.... www.rba.co.uk 29 Google: We Are Not Using Facts For Search Engine Ranking Now https://www.seroundtable.com/google-fact-ranking-not-happening- 19979.html 17/03/2015
  30. 30. Artificial intelligence www.rba.co.uk 30 Artificial Intelligence machine plays video games like a pro - CBBC Newsround http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/31633702 Google buys UK artificial intelligence startup Deepmind for £400m http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/27/google- acquires-uk-artificial-intelligence-startup-deepmind Google buys two more UK artificial intelligence startups http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/23/google-uk-artificial- intelligence-startups-machine-learning-dark-blue-labs-vision-factory 17/03/2015
  31. 31. www.rba.co.uk 31 But official data is OK isn’t it? 17/03/2015
  32. 32. http://www.google.com/publicdata/ Google Public Data Explorer Minimum Wage www.rba.co.uk 32 Some countries are missing e.g. Germany 17/03/2015
  33. 33. Eurostat - Minimum Wage www.rba.co.uk 3317/03/2015
  34. 34. www.rba.co.uk 3417/03/2015
  35. 35. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/ - uses Land Registry data www.rba.co.uk 35 Land Registry data often goes missing. I know that 10 months ago the sold price for number 90 was listed as £185,000 and for 2012. 17/03/2015
  36. 36. www.rba.co.uk 36 http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/app/ppd/search Data doesn’t show up via the Land Registry Open Data interface either. 17/03/2015
  37. 37. Missing data www.rba.co.uk 37 Error report filed with the Land Registry - still waiting for a response Why might a property/price paid not appear in the data? Seems not that uncommon according to discussion boards – usually data entry error (but the above example was in the open data sets until a few months ago) Absence of price – gift of property or purchase of a share Impractical to calculate price e.g. bulk purchase of properties Commercial transactions https://www.gov.uk/about-the-price-paid-data#data-excluded-from-the-house-price- index-and-price-paid-data Raw data files downloaded and searched and data for number 90 is missing 17/03/2015
  38. 38. Title document www.rba.co.uk 38 Data IS present in the title document. 17/03/2015
  39. 39. www.rba.co.uk 39 Free Companies House data to boost UK economy - Press releases - GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-companies-house-data-to-boost- uk-economy 17/03/2015
  40. 40. Companies House free data http://download.companieshouse.gov.uk/en_accountsdata.html Bulk data – all or nothing Large daily files available as zipped files No support provided – you’re on your own! www.rba.co.uk 4017/03/2015
  41. 41. Companies House free data www.rba.co.uk 41 Each file within the zipped file is a separate document. Note the uninformative file names! 17/03/2015
  42. 42. www.rba.co.uk 42 Variable Pitch http://www.variablepitch.co.uk/stations/1310/ Uses public electricity micro-generation data 17/03/2015
  43. 43. www.rba.co.uk 43 Variable Pitch http://www.variablepitch.co.uk/stations/2580/ Virginia Station is the hydroelectric installation at Windsor Castle – no data! 17/03/2015
  44. 44. FoI request generation data for Virginia Station www.rba.co.uk 44 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/request_electricity_output_of_ro http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hom e-news/royal-family-granted-new-right-of- secrecy-2179148.html 17/03/2015
  45. 45. And finally..... Per capita consumption of cheese (US) correlates with Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets http://www.tylervigen.com/view_correlation?id=7 www.rba.co.uk 4517/03/2015

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