[su_quote cite="Geoffrey Bowker" url="http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/raw-data-oxymoron"]"Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care."[/su_quote]
Bowker was spot on in his comments made last week at Columbia Journalism School. I can't tell you how many times I've had to make order out of chaos from "raw data," i.e. unintelligible, inaccurate spreadsheets.