Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks (New York Times)

New York Times: Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks. “For the last couple of years, Nathan P. Myhrvold, a former chief technologist at Microsoft with a physics doctorate from Princeton, has roiled the small, congenial community of asteroid scientists by saying they know less than they think about these near-Earth objects. He argues that a trove of data from NASA they rely on is flawed and unreliable.”

National Science Foundation: NSF supports development of new nationwide data storage network

National Science Foundation: NSF supports development of new nationwide data storage network. “The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing a $1.8 million grant for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A collaborative team will combine their expertise, facilities and research challenges to develop the Open Storage Network (OSN). OSN will enable academic researchers across the nation to work with and share their data more efficiently than ever before.”

GuideStar: Introducing Discounted GuideStar Data Sets for Academic Users

GuideStar: Introducing Discounted GuideStar Data Sets for Academic Users. “For more than a decade, GuideStar has supported academic exploration of the nonprofit sector. GuideStar for Education gives collegiate faculty, students, and unsponsored researchers free or discounted access to GuideStar Premium…. Today we’re excited to launch another resource for academic users: deeply discounted data sets that enable faculty, students, and researchers to look at the sector as a whole.”

Next City: New York City Debuts Regional Mapping Tool

Next City: New York City Debuts Regional Mapping Tool. “New York City’s planning department has launched a new mapping tool that harnesses population, housing and economic data and makes it available for exploring by the general public. The Metro Region Explorer offers trending data on the city’s greater metropolitan region: the five boroughs, upstate New York and Long Island, as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.”

Government Technology: Little Vermont Uses Big Data to Predict Bridge Repairs and Traffic Jams

Government Technology: Little Vermont Uses Big Data to Predict Bridge Repairs and Traffic Jams. “Vermont may be a land of bucolic country roads. It is also a land of big data. State transportation engineers are using artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and even wonkier-sounding neural networks to better understand how roads and bridges might be deteriorating and in need of maintenance.”