Emacsen’s Blog: Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble

Emacsen’s Blog: Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble . “I was a contributor for OpenStreetMap for a long time, and I advocated for OpenStreetMap for a long time, but the project has stalled while the proprietary mapping world has continued to improve in data quality. For those of us who care about Free and Open data, this is a problem. In this article, I explore the reasons why I think OSM has stalled, as well as solutions to get the project back on track.”

The Next Web: Turning big data into sound

The Next Web: Turning big data into sound. “A collaboration between two professors – one of music and one of engineering – at Virginia Tech resulted in the creation of a new platform for data analysis that makes it possible to understand data better by turning it into sound. This is a pioneering approach to studying spatially distributed data which instead of placing information into a visual context to show patterns or correlations – meaning, data visualization – uses an aural environment to leverage the natural affordances of the space and the user’s location within the sound field.”

Motherboard: ‘BuckHacker’ Search Engine Lets You Easily Dig Through Exposed Amazon Servers

Motherboard: ‘BuckHacker’ Search Engine Lets You Easily Dig Through Exposed Amazon Servers. “Contractors, governments, and telecom giants have all previously left data on exposed Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers, meaning anyone can access them without a username or password. Now, a search engine makes combing through leaky AWS datasets that much easier. Think of it as a barebones Google, but for info that the owners may have mistakenly published to the world.”

National Institutes of Health: NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development

National Institutes of Health: NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development. “The National Institutes of Health Tuesday released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the study, well over half the participant goal. Approximately 30 terabytes of data (about three times the size of the Library of Congress collection), obtained from the first 4,500 participants, will be available to scientists worldwide to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development.”

Introducing Onomics: Create and Embed Data Tables (Priceonomics)

Courtesy of Patron and all-around good egg Glenn M, from Priceonomics: Introducing Onomics: Create and Embed Data Tables. “We currently create most of our charts using Excel, but the formatting for tables is inconsistent and a lot of information is lost when you use an image of a chart and instead of an embedded version. In the past we’ve tried custom D3 tables (absolutely beautiful, but hard to maintain over time and require programming knowledge to create) and Google Spreadsheets (not suited to pretty tables or adding your logo). Why is it so hard to make a nice looking data table So, today we launch Onomics, our tool for creating and embedding data tables based on the D3 data visualization library. You can give it a try here and play around with sample data.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Illinois researchers contribute to publicly accessible agronomy database

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Illinois researchers contribute to publicly accessible agronomy database. “Data from the USDA-funded Sustainable Corn Coordinated Agricultural Project, which includes contributions from University of Illinois scientists, are now publicly available…. Comprising data from five years and 30 field research sites in the Midwest, it has been called one of the most comprehensive agricultural datasets ever to be published.”