The pope, it is said, asked Michelangelo, ‘How do you know what to cut away?’
And Michelangelo replied, ‘It’s simple, I just remove everything which doesn’t look like David’
Hadley Beeman wonders how best to characterise the new approach she is devising to aggregate public data to allow questions to be asked of it and services to be built on it which do not need to understand the underlying data. How is that useful to users?
It’s simple. Just throw away everything which isn’t the answer to their question. What’s left is the distillation of value.
Shadow of Michelangelo’s David on wall, Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy by Robert Crum licensed under creative commons, some rights reserved.