Tools and Techniques
Fascinating project. A group of researchers at Google and the University of Washington mined 86 million photos from the Internet and automatically pieced them together to create time-lapse sequences of popular places. The video is just 5 minutes and very worthwhile.
Great tutorial by Zev Ross for extracting data from website tables and lists using the R package, rvest. This is well-written with code snippets to make it easy to follow. Along with demonstrating rvest, the tutorial includes steps to geocode and map the extracted demo data.
This is a great introduction to popular data mining algorithms. Each section includes a description of the algorithm, related terms, common use cases, and linked references. If you're not already a data mining pro, this article is Highly Recommended.