SingularityHub: Coronavirus: Seven Ways Collective Intelligence Is Tackling the Pandemic

SingularityHub: Coronavirus: Seven Ways Collective Intelligence Is Tackling the Pandemic. “Advances in digital technologies have transformed what can be achieved through collective intelligence in recent years—connecting more of us, augmenting human intelligence with machine intelligence, and helping us to generate new insights from novel sources of data. It is particularly suited to addressing fast-evolving, complex global problems such as disease outbreaks. Here are seven ways it is tackling the coronavirus pandemic.”

Phys .org: ‘Data feminism’ examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information

Phys .org: ‘Data feminism’ examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information. “Suppose you would like to know mortality rates for women during childbirth, by country, around the world. Where would you look? One option is the WomanStats Project, the website of an academic research effort investigating the links between the security and activities of nation-states, and the security of the women who live in them.”

MIT News: Historic migration patterns are written in Americans’ DNA

MIT News: Historic migration patterns are written in Americans’ DNA. “Studies of DNA from ancient human fossils have helped scientists to trace human migration routes around the world thousands of years ago. But can modern DNA tell us anything about more recent movements, especially in an ancestrally diverse melting pot like the United States? To find out, researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) analyzed data provided by more than 32,000 Americans as part of the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project.”

Phys .org: With 30,000 surveys, researchers build the go-to dataset for smallholder farms

Phys .org: With 30,000 surveys, researchers build the go-to dataset for smallholder farms . “Top-down projects for improving the lives of poor farmers were often unsuccessful because they didn’t systematically consider the diverse rural households survive and thrive. To tap this local knowledge, scientists and development agencies began surveying households to assure that research and development schemes were on target. But the surveys were not designed to be compared with one another, lacking what scientists call ‘interoperability’—meaning one organization’s household surveys could not be compared with another’s. For big-picture analysis, much of the data was of little use.”

Medium: How Much Data Is Too Much Data? — Federating Data in the Age of Connectivity

Medium: How Much Data Is Too Much Data? — Federating Data in the Age of Connectivity. “It is projected that every day humans produce approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. With this insane amount of new data, surely some of it must be redundant, right? For data science, analytics, and machine learning, this increase in the amount of data available leads to previously unthinkable new avenues for research. But while more and more data is being harvested for a variety of reasons, could better curation of the data we have already collected lead to better outcomes for research?”

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Weird Maps, ‘Out of Control’ Airbnb, Augmented Reality Graphics, Russian Doctors, Brazilian Data (Global Investigative Journalism Network)

Global Investigative Journalism Network: GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Weird Maps, ‘Out of Control’ Airbnb, Augmented Reality Graphics, Russian Doctors, Brazilian Data. “What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from February 17 to 23 finds geographer Tim Wallace collecting some amusingly unusual maps, The Guardian analyzing the effect of Airbnb on home ownership in Great Britain, and former Ogilvy & Mather chief creative officer Tham Khai Meng sharing how a Japanese newspaper utilized augmented reality to animate graphics.”

Phys .org: Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology, scholar says

Phys .org: Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology, scholar says. “In a recently released edition of the Journal of Field Archaeology, Brown Assistant Professor of Anthropology Parker VanValkenburgh and several colleagues detailed new research they conducted in the former Inca Empire in South America using drones, satellite imagery and proprietary online databases. Their results demonstrate that big data can provide archaeologists with a sweeping, big-picture view of the subjects they study on the ground—prompting new insights and new historical questions.”

IEEE Spectrum: Ambitious Data Project Aims to Organize the World’s Geoscientific Records

IEEE Spectrum: Ambitious Data Project Aims to Organize the World’s Geoscientific Records. “Geoscience researchers are excited by a new big-data effort to connect millions of hard-won scientific records in databases around the world. When complete, the network will be a virtual portal into the ancient history of the planet. The project is called Deep-time Digital Earth, and one of its leaders, Nanjing-based paleontologist Fan Junxuan, says it unites hundreds of researchers—geochemists, geologists, mineralogists, paleontologists—in an ambitious plan to link potentially hundreds of databases.”

TechCrunch: A group of ex-NSA and Amazon engineers are building a ‘GitHub for data’

TechCrunch: A group of ex-NSA and Amazon engineers are building a ‘GitHub for data’. “Data is valuable for helping developers and engineers to build new features and better innovate. But that data is often highly sensitive and out of reach, kept under lock and key by red tape and compliance, which can take weeks to get approval. So, the engineers started Gretel, an early-stage startup that aims to help developers safely share and collaborate with sensitive data in real time.”

Analytics India: 10 Datasets For Data Cleaning Practice For Beginners

Analytics India: 10 Datasets For Data Cleaning Practice For Beginners. “In order to create quality data analytics solutions, it is very crucial to wrangle the data. The process includes identifying and removing inaccurate and irrelevant data, dealing with the missing data, removing the duplicate data, etc. Thus, eliminating the major inconsistencies and making the data more efficient to work with. In this article, we list down 10 datasets for beginners, which can be used for data cleaning practice or data preprocessing.”

China Daily: Big data plays major role in epidemic control

China Daily: Big data plays major role in epidemic control. “Telecom carriers are using big data analysis to help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, by leveraging the data pool of China’s billion-plus smartphone users. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are playing an active part in mining data insights to assist local governments in epidemic prevention and on the prerequisite of ensuring users’ data privacy.”

EurekAlert: ORNL researchers develop ‘multitasking’ AI tool to extract cancer data in record time

EurekAlert: ORNL researchers develop ‘multitasking’ AI tool to extract cancer data in record time. “To better leverage cancer data for research, scientists at [Oak Ridge National Laboratory] are developing an artificial intelligence-based natural language processing tool to improve information extraction from textual pathology reports. The project is part of a DOE-National Cancer Institute collaboration known as the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer (JDACS4C) that is accelerating research by merging cancer data with advanced data analysis and high-performance computing.”

Towards Data Science: How to start a Data Science Project using Google Cloud Platform

Towards Data Science: How to start a Data Science Project using Google Cloud Platform. “GCP (Google Cloud Platform) is a cloud computing service offered by Google. For those of you that are not familiar with cloud service, it is basically using a network to connect to a remote machine that you rent, making computations on that machine and send back the result. It’s just like car renting.” Not for beginners.