Curbed Chicago: Chicago first city to publish data on ride-hailing trips, drivers, and vehicles. “Ride-hailing apps have changed the way cities work and now Chicago is allowing the public to take a closer look at those effects. The published datasets include information about Uber, Lyft and Via trips—even listing how much drivers were tipped.”
CBR: AWS Gets 18 New Public Datasets: From African Soil Chemistry, via Wind Power Data. “Eighteen new public datasets are now available on a growing AWS registry, ranging from an encyclopedia of DNA elements to African soil chemistry data, via meteorological conditions and turbine power for more than 126,000 wind power sites.”
R Street: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Transcripts, As Data. “We have created a new resource for those who want to learn more about Supreme Court confirmation hearings. This spreadsheet—and a web version (displayed below)—contain the text of every Supreme Court confirmation hearing for which Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts are available (beginning in 1971 with hearings for Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist and concluding with Neil Gorsuch’s 2017 hearing). The transcript for Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 hearing is not yet publicly available but will be added once it is. More details regarding what is and is not included are detailed below.”
Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities. “In this article we’ve catalogued some of the best data resources for charities, looking at the partners and educational hubs that charities can use to get a step up into the world of data, and some of the best sources of open data to start exploring once they get a grasp on the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’.” Extensive list, mostly well-annotated.
EurekAlert: New Metascape platform enables biologists to unlock big-data insights . “… scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys, the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) and the University of California, San Diego have revealed an open-access, web-based portal that integrates more than 40 advanced bioinformatics data sources to allow non-technical users to generate insights in one click. Called Metascape, this tool removes data analysis barriers–allowing researchers to spend more time on important biological questions and less time building and troubleshooting a data analysis workflow.”
CNRS News: Big Data Boosts Alzheimer’s Research . “A cutting-edge web platform, fed by brain-scan data from thousands of persons of all ages and states of health, now pinpoints the changes in brain structure that mark the onset of Alzheimer’s in humans under 40, long before any signs of its characteristic memory disorders.”
IEEE Spectrum: Flipping or Turning? This Massive Database of Video Clips Will Help AIs Understand the Difference. “Imagine if we had to explain all of the actions that take place on Earth to aliens. We could provide them with non-fiction books or BBC documentaries. We could try to explain verbally what twerking is. But, really, nothing conveys an action better than a three second video clip.”