Eos: Deluges of Data Are Changing Astronomical Science

Eos: Deluges of Data Are Changing Astronomical Science. “For scientists who study the cosmos, hard-to-grasp numbers are par for the course. But the sheer quantity of data flowing from modern research telescopes, to say nothing of the promised deluges of upcoming astronomical surveys, is astounding even astronomers. That embarrassment of riches has necessitated some serious data wrangling by myself and my colleagues, and it’s changing astronomical science forever.”

WVXU: The Cincinnati Zoo is creating a massive behavioral database to better understand its animals

WVXU: The Cincinnati Zoo is creating a massive behavioral database to better understand its animals. “Out of uniform and hidden from the animals, Cincinnati Zoo scientists are collecting massive amounts of information on its 400 species — like Huto the Komoto dragon, hippos Fiona and Fritz, and Nutmeg the fox — so they can live their best lives in Cincinnati.”

National Library of Medicine: Data Science Tools Will Speed Rare Disease Solutions

National Library of Medicine: Data Science Tools Will Speed Rare Disease Solutions. “Data-driven innovations are unlocking answers about rare diseases—as well as more common diseases—faster than ever before, and that’s why data science is so important to NCATS’ vision of more treatments for all people more quickly. One of our key strategies is to leverage or connect existing data in new and meaningful ways. This year’s Rare Disease Day at NIH event highlighted several ways NCATS is applying this approach to help address the public health challenge of rare diseases.”

University of Waterloo: Computer scientists paint a picture of six decades of movies

University of Waterloo: Computer scientists paint a picture of six decades of movies. “From the sepia tones of a Coen brothers film set in the Depression-era Dust Bowl to a child’s red coat in Schindler’s List, filmmakers have long known the power of colour in movies. Now, computer scientists have analyzed 60 years of films to paint a picture of the past six decades in film.”

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Insights from Newly Digitized Banking Data, 1867-1904

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Insights from Newly Digitized Banking Data, 1867-1904. “Call reports—regulatory filings in which commercial banks report their assets, liabilities, income, and other information—are one of the most-used data sources in banking and finance. Though call reports were collected as far back as 1867, the underlying data are only easily accessible for the recent past: the mid-1980s onward in the case of the FDIC’s FFIEC call reports. To help researchers look farther back in time, we’ve begun creating a complete digital record of this ‘missing’ call report data.”

Google Research Blog: Datasets at your fingertips in Google Search

Google Research Blog: Datasets at your fingertips in Google Search. “To facilitate discovery of content with this level of statistical detail and better distill this information from across the web, Google now makes it easier to search for datasets. You can click on any of the top three results (see below) to get to the dataset page or you can explore further by clicking ‘More datasets.’”

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: FAMU Secures $1.5M NASA Research Grant

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: FAMU Secures $1.5M NASA Research Grant. “Florida A&M University (FAMU) has secured a $1.5 million grant through NASA’s new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority in Research and Education (DEAP) opportunity. The award, part of nearly $12 million in funding announced by NASA, will enable students and faculty at FAMU and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to conduct innovative data science research that contributes to the agency’s missions.”

PR Newswire: NASA Awards Millions to Historically Black Colleges, Universities (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: NASA Awards Millions to Historically Black Colleges, Universities (PRESS RELEASE). “NASA is awarding $11.7 million to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through the new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority in Research and Education (DEAP) opportunity. These awards will enable HBCU students and faculty to conduct innovative data science research that contributes to NASA’s missions.”

Making Meaningful Impact: Using Data Science for Social Good (Carnegie Mellon University)

Carnegie Mellon University: Making Meaningful Impact: Using Data Science for Social Good. “… the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is tasked with assessing 15,000 vacant homes to identify and remediate roof damage. The problem is complex, systemic and formidable. Enter the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Summer Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.”

WIRED: Public Programs Are Only as Good as Their Data

WIRED: Public Programs Are Only as Good as Their Data. “Bad data is why people in the UK have been wrongly deported and accused of being illegal immigrants, as happened during the Windrush scandal. Bad data was behind a childcare benefits scandal in the Netherlands, where benefit claimants were wrongly accused of fraud because a government algorithm had been programmed to identify people with dual nationalities as more likely to commit the crime.The reality is, when it comes to collecting and analyzing national statistics, many governments around the world are severely underresourced.”

Maui Now: Indigenous knowledge and cutting-edge data aim to help revitalize Hawaiian fishponds

Maui Now: Indigenous knowledge and cutting-edge data aim to help revitalize Hawaiian fishponds. “Three local organizations: Purple Maiʻa Foundation, Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo, and Hohonu, Inc., are launching the Loko Iʻa and Coastal Monitoring Project that will help up to 30 Hawaiian Fishpond restoration groups across the state. The project engages local communities in the design process, and will work with them to gather insights on the biggest barriers to fishpond restoration for food production.”