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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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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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?

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How University Students Use 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 infographic highlight different resources and best approach in doing online research. We believe you will find it helpful

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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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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