The Namara Blog

What we're saying

Thoughts, updates, announcements, opinions, grievances, and other noises from the team that keeps Namara running.

Namara 5.0

We first launched Namara three years ago, and it looks a lot different now from how it did then... ... Read More

October 3, 2017

The New Namara: Make any Data Your Data

Over the summer we reimagined Namara marketing and landing pages... ... Read More

October 3, 2017

Making Data Play Nice

When we started working on Namara a few years ago the idea propelling it forward was clear... ... Read More

August 15, 2017

Between 1896 and 1899 a stampede of over 100,000 prospectors made ... Read More

July 26, 2017

Start working with better data.

The data every city should release, and why

After spending the majority of every day looking at thousands of open data ... Read More

June 15, 2017

Is your data ready for AI?

Companies are champing at the bit to introduce any solution that promises Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. But hasty adoption is leaving one important question unanswered: ... Read More

May 14, 2017

Namara Improvements

For the past few weeks we've spent some time improving the data set tables. This core feature ... Read More

May 5, 2017

Discover Data with Thomson Reuters
and ThinkData Works

To make good decisions you need broad, accurate, and up-to-date data. Your internal data ... Read More

April 18, 2017

Is There a Difference Between
Open Data and Public Data?

There is a general consensus that when we talk about open data we are referring to any piece of ... Read More

April 2, 2017

How to view Namara data
on your Salesforce dashboard

What’s really behind this post is the exciting news that Namara API now supports ... Read More

March 27, 2017

A Brief, Inaccurate, History
of Government Transparency

In the first chapter of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent ... Read More

March 2, 2017

“Micro-optimizing” Parallelization
in JRuby using Sidekiq workers

I’ve been reading up on improving JRuby/Java performance and ... Read More

February 22, 2017

Open Data in the Age of Trump

As the new administration finds their way around the new digs in Washington, they’ve ... Read More

February 15, 2017

Streaming Large Files in JRuby

Before the world’s Open Data ends up on Namara, it’s pumped through a ... Read More

February 10, 2017

Where We’re Heading

2016 was a big year for big data. More organizations than ever were actively engaged ... Read More

February 3, 2017

Dealing with Data Variety

Here at ThinkData, we pride ourselves on solving the “variety” issue associated with accessing ... Read More

January 30, 2017

How to use Namara and the
Mapbox Dataset editor

Here at Namara, our map of choice is Mapbox. Their maps are customizable, easy ... Read More

January 24, 2017

How to use Namara and Mapbox GL

Mapbox’s new javascript library Mapbox GL leverages WebGL for significantly ... Read More

January 24, 2017

Open Data Licenses

If you’re familiar with open data, you’re probably familiar with images like this one ... Read More

January 20, 2017

HPE Big Data Conference 2016

ThinkData CTO Brendan Stennett sat down at the HPE Big Data Conference 2016 ... Read More

August 30, 2016

The 5 stages of Data + Design

The biggest problem isn’t big-data design, but when designers, product folks, or founders find ... Read More

July 19, 2016

Dx3 2016 Canadian Tech Spotlight

Amber Mac sat down with CEO of ThinkData Works, Bryan Smith, at Dx3 2016 to talk about ... Read More

April 28, 2016

Bootstrapping in Canada

In June 2015, Bryan Smith sat down with the guys from Bootstrapping in America to talk ... Read More

June 15, 2015