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Over a billion public PDFs

You can get a guesstimate for the number of PDFs in the world by searching for filetype:pdf on a web search engine. These are the results I got in August 2015 – follow the links to see for yourself. Google Bing Number of PDFs 1.8 billion 84 million Number of Excel files 14 million 6 […]

Burn the digital paper! A call to arms

This is a blog post version of a lunchtime talk I gave at the Open Data Institute. You may prefer to listen to it or use the slides. Stafford Beer Stafford Beer was a British cybernetician. He described four stages that happen when you get a computer. Each stage ends in disappointment. 1. Amazement It’s […]

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