In previous posts I have talked about the need to make indicator data "hackable" (see for example http://sfmindicators.org/designing_indicator_reports_for_the_web_2_0 and http://sfmindicators.org/hack_this_data) and about how, despite our best attempts to present data in a meaningful way, others will take our data and repackage it in new, and sometimes better ways for their community of interest.
Well www.swivel.com has just made doing this much, much easier. Swivel.com allows users to input raw data, combine it with new data from various sources and present new innovative graphs. Here is a link (http://swivel.com/graphs/show/8091657) to a graph that I quickly put together on swivel.com using information on the volume of roundwood harvested in Canada and the emissions of greenhouse gases by Canada's forest industry (Interestingly, while production has increased substantially, GHG emissions have remained relatively constant - through greater efficiency and fuel switching). Both sets of information can be found in the Canada's latest C&I report, but in the report they are not presented together. If I wanted, I could combine the data I uploaded with any other data uploaded by anyone else. As one might imagine, this is a potentially very powerful web application for users looking for deeper insight into data.