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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Rex Hammock Will Love/Loathe This 

Freakonomics blogger Stephen J. Dubner points to Swivel, which its founders call the "You Tube" for data. Check it out here.

Basically, anyone can post datasets, view datasets and play with datasets. Data, for example, that may or may not show a correlation between increased wine consumption and the decline in violent crime.

In a previous post, Dubner noted that Swivel "sounds like a godsend—or at least a tremendous way to waste time—for data freaks."

My friend Rex Hammock has often pointed out the danger of mixing reporters and statistics (see ironically relevant post here, for example). The same may hold true for data junkies. But I like the Swivel concept, and I suspect Rex will as well, since theroetically the Swivel community will be able to separate the good data from the bad, and perhaps find interesting connections, much as Freakonomics itself has.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Penton and David Nussbaum 

Folio: has the latest on the Prism/Penton merger here. In summary, Prism's John French will head the combined companies, and those companies will take the Penton name--which I think is a great move.

Penton CEO David Nussbaum will leave when the deal closes.

A quick note about David: I think he's done a terrific job for Penton and for its shareholders. He stands to benefit greatly, but the $5.4-$6.5 million is well-deserved. I believe that his careful leadership saved Penton, and I look forward to his next moves in b2b media.

I'm sure the private equity companies are already lining up to take meetings with him.

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