Using Google data to visualize Vybz Kartel’s rise & fall (2004 – 2014)

Vybz Kartel dataWith several local and international publications and online discussions surrounding the recent conviction of popular dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, we got the idea to examine online “interest” in ‘Vybz Kartel’ from 2004 to present (March 2014).

According to Google, interest in ‘Vybz Kartel’ peaked twice over the period (2004 – 2014), in October 2011 (Vybz Kartel’s initial arrest) & again in March 2014 (after the conviction of Vybz Kartel).    

Looking at the data:

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Online interest peaked in October 2011 – Vybz Kartel arrest (98 out of a maximum ranking of 100)

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Online interest declined during Vybz Kartel’s trial before returning to it’s peak in March 2014 – Vybz Kartel murder conviction (100 out of a maximum ranking of 100).

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Top 5 regions by online interest rankings:

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Boys & Girls Champs (1910 – 2013): Animation & Infographics

The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, also known as CHAMPS is in its 104th staging.

Did you know?

1. The Boys’ and Girls’ Championships were merged in 1999.

2. The inaugural staging of CHAMPS was won by the maroon and gold team from  Wolmer’s Boys in 1910.

3. The first Girls’ Championships was won by St Hilda’s High School from Brown’s Town, St Ann.

4. Kingston College has won the competition a record 31 times

5. Current Boys’ champion Calabar High School has won 23 titles.

Below is an Infographic and fun animation of the schools that have won CHAMPS from 1910-2013:

Boys and Girls Championship Infographic

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Jamaica SMEs Survey 2013

Balcostics Ltd in partnership with the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) conducted a survey of Jamaican SMEs who were in attendance at the recently held “NCB/ IDB SME Conference” sponsored by the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  The conference was held over a three day weekend (June 21st -23rd,2013), at the Hilton Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

The survey provide answers to the following questions:

  1. Who are Jamaica’s rising SMEs? (age, gender, education level, years in operation)
  2. What are the main challenges facing SMEs?
  3. What are the main reasons persons’ choose entrepreneurship?
  4. What type of social media, if any, are entrepreneurs using in their businesses?

Jamaica SME Challenges

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The Tablet for Learning

Some interesting findings are shown in this infographics on how children have been using tablets to learn naturally – with little or no assistance from teachers. Check it out:

Learning and Tablets

How are Students Using Smartphones? Infographics

This infographics seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. How are students using their smartphones in college/ University?
  2. Which is the most popular smartphone being used (USA)?
  3. Where are smartphones mostly used?

Be sure to leave a comment on how you use your smartphone – has it made you more productive?

Students & Mobile Technology

The Five Hottest Occupations in Jamaica

Where are you mostly likely to be employed in Jamaica? Which occupations do employers seek most? The following infographics highlight the five hottest occupations in Jamaica, based on demand (advertisement in the Jamaica Observer & Gleaner) from employers:

Five Hottest Occupations in Jamaica

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How are University Students Using Technology in the Learning Process?

How has university students used technology to assist/ aid their study? This infographics shed some light on this phenomenon. Review and share your experience with us.

Best Approach To Online Research

True or False? The majority of us will start the research process online – searching for relevant literature relating to the specific research problem we are looking to solve. The following infographics highlight different resources and best approach in doing online research.

Could We Use Social Media To Solve Crime In Jamaica?

How could police officers use social media (Facebook, twitter and YouTube)  to solve major crimes in Jamaica? The following are some possible ways:

  1. Identifying people (suspects) and their location – Facebook/ Google search
  2. Gathering evidence – twitter tweets, Facebook post and YouTube videos
  3. Collecting tips on criminal activities – Facebook/ twitter
  4. Discovering criminal activities – Facebook/ twitter

This infographics provides more details:

The table below shows 2011 major crime figures for Jamaica, clearly we have a problem!

Finally, do you believe social media could play a significant role in solving major crimes in Jamaica? Please share your views.

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The Inevitable rise of Big Data: Evidence for the Caribbean

This infographic highlight evidence for Caribbean nationals (analyst, database managers, programmers etc.) who might be skeptical about the use and applicability of big data in affecting business as we know it.

Big data will take artificial intelligence to another level – the revolution is well underway in the USA.

See examples below of companies who have been successfully using big data to do tremendous things.

Taming Big Data | A Big Data Infographic

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Jamaicans Faster Than Bullet: Infographics

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What is Big Data? How Big Data is Changing the College Experience

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Jamaica Olympics Medal Stats (1948 – 2012)

Jamaica is renown for it’s excellence in track & field. In this infographics, we highlight Jamaica’s performance at each Olympics from 1948 to 2012 London games. With Rio 2016 only a few months away, we pause to reflect on our past achievements.

What’s your prediction for the total number of medals Jamaica will earn in Rio?

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Top 10 Dancehall/Reggae Artistes on Social Media – V1.0

This updated version of our ‘Top 10 dancehall/reggae artistes on social media’, highlight the inclusion of Gyptian and Jah Cure to our list. Gyptian has entered our ranking in the #3 position and Jah Cure #6.

This list is created via information gathered from the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Jamaican Artistes – rankings are based on the total number of “Likes” and “Follows”.

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Winning Schools: Champs stats from 1910-2013

How much do you really know about Jamaica’s premier Schools Athletic Championship? Did you know that:

  1. Boys Champs begun in 1910 – Wolmers High School won
  2. Girls Champs begun in 1957 – St. Hilda’s High School won
  3. Boys Champs was held separately from Girls Champs
  4. In 1999, Boys and Girls Champs were merged into one event
  5. There was no Champs held in 1944 (Boys Champs), 1958, 1959 and 1960 (Girls Champs)

Here is our ranking of schools that have won over the years:
Boys and Girls Championship Infographic

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Top 10 Dancehall/Reggae Artists on Social Media

Jamaica is known for its music, both dancehall and reggae. The fan base of these artists span the globe. The question we seek to examine is: Who really has the most fans online? We examined the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Jamaican Artists, providing a ranking base on the total number of “Likes” and “Followers”. Read more of this post

Top Six Financial Companies on Facebook: Jamaica

Are the number of Facebook ‘likes’ a true representation of customer appreciation/satisfaction with their respective financial institution?  Is social media presence a true reflection of customer satisfaction with a company? Which financial company is winning the social media war in Jamaica?

Could there be a relationship between social media ‘likes’ and company profit? What do you think?

See our Infographics below and judge for yourself!

Comparative look at Interest rate spreads for Jamaica, Barbados, T&T and Canada

This is our weekly chart feature, please ensure to leave a comment, and share your views on what the graph is showing.

Additional Info:

Interest rate spread (lending rate minus deposit rate, %) is the interest rate charged by banks on loans to prime customers minus the interest rate paid by commercial or similar banks for savings deposits (and also demand, time).