Maximally Consumable Data

Goal: maximize the consumability of data.

Data can be formatted in a number of different ways. A data format may be well suited for one task, but not another; whereas a second data format may be well suited for the later task but not the former.

Thus, to create maximally consumable data, format your data in several ways. Here's my recommendation:

List of Consumable Items

Example - Maximally Consumable U.S. States Data

I collected data about the U.S. states: name, capital, and the latitude and longitude of each capital. I want to maximize the consumability of this data, so I formatted the data in three different ways:


Last Updated: April 6, 2008