The Ishango bone, a tally stick from the Upper Palaeolithic era, represents the beginnings of our understanding of mathematics and data.
Egyptian obelisks show humans manipulating light and shadows to measure data about the time of day.
Papyrus, manufactured in Egypt, revolutionises the way data and language can be recorded.
Ancient civilisations develop a counting system that enables complex data manipulation.
In Israel, a primitive census is undertaken and recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Social data capture is born.
The Book on Numbers and Computation
Dating back to the Han Dynasty of ancient China, this mathematical treatise brings together interest rate calculations with government statutes and law reports.
Chinese scientists develop instruments that attract a needle north, creating a navigational tool only recently superseded by GPS.
The Domesday Book
William the Conqueror conducts a survey in England and Wales recording land and livestock. It takes over a year to complete.
The earliest stock exchanges emerge in Bruges and Italy in the thirteenth century. Data about trades is written down by scribes and transported by couriers.
Pope Gregory XIII launches the Gregorian calendar to eradicate an 11-minute discrepancy in the Julian calendar, which is causing the official date of equinox to creep further away from the actual cosmological event.
Cornelius Drebbel, Robert Fludd, Galileo Galilei and Santorio Santorio make progress on a device to measure temperature in real time.
Scientists in the Netherlands develop a refracting telescope that Galileo improves in subsequent years. The instrument observes remote objects in real time.
Charles Babbage develops the Analytical Engine, and modern computation is born.
The first commercial telegraph is introduced at Euston Station. It soon crosses the oceans to every continent but Antarctica, making instant global communication possible for the first time.
During the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale records the mortality rates of British soldiers in field hospitals. The information is published in a series of striking graphics, persuading the government to improve conditions.
Guglielmo Marconi founds The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company, pioneering communication between coastal radio stations and ships at sea.
Christian Hülsmeyer uses radio waves to detect distant metallic objects, inventing the first radar application.
Sputnik – the first artificial satellite – is launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, as a global positioning system for precise weapon delivery and paves the way for GPS as we know it today.
Hewlett-Packard introduces programmable computers that fit on top of a desk. The personal computer allows economical collection and management of data.
Radio-frequency identification technology (RFID) takes hold in transportation and business. Real-time monitoring systems are developed to process the new data.
Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope captures images of outer space in real time, allowing scientists to determine the rate of expansion of the universe.
Tesco’s Clubcard scheme revolutionises consumer metrics by allowing supermarkets to target offers and optimise their stocks.
Cluster Exploratory (CluE) is a National Science Foundation-funded program that analyses massive amounts of data to search for patterns.
Google Earth Engine
The Google Earth Engine – a cloud computing platform – processes real-time satellite imagery and other Earth observation data. Initial applications of the platform include mapping the forests of Mexico, identifying water in the Congo basin, and detecting deforestation in the Amazon.
Filed under: iPhone | Tags: Data Capture, Engagement Ads, iPhone, Pointroll
Pointroll the most prominent rich media vendor, is getting in on the iPhone’s rich features and multi-touch action.
The Gannet-owned firm has begun offering advertisers and agencies the ability to use its trademark expandable ads when targeting users of the device.
PointRoll also supports video, coupon downloads, maps, click-to-call, and data capture features.
Some data capture form tools that I came across today.