For data enthusiasts (and themselves)

Not everyone is a data enthusiast. A true data enthusiast is more likely than a non-enthusiast to analyze the degree to which that first statement is true. That would require suitable, pertinent data to analyze.

We have just become aware of a source of data, much of it raw, most of it copious. The web site GigaDB.org offers this description of itself:

contains discoverable, trackable, and citable data that have been assigned DOIs and are available for public download and use.

BONUS: At some point we might explore, here or elsewhere, the fine and rough distinctions between data enthusiasts, data collectors, data admirers, data addicts, data connoisseurs, and data dilletantes.

BONUS: Quick perusal of easily available data suggests that there are many books about data, or that  claim to be about data). One of them, which may reference some of the others, is even called the Big Data Bibliography [pictured here]. It is apparently worthless, being offered free (with an exclamation mark) on many Internet sites.

BONUS: Thanks to Investigator Doug McIntyre for alerting us to the existence of the headline “Data enthusiasts promote use of technology to quantify self“: