FedScoop: The FBI teamed up with 18F to build an open crime data resource

FedScoop: The FBI teamed up with 18F to build an open crime data resource. “The FBI wants to make national crime data more accessible, and the recently released Crime Data Explorer, built in partnership with 18F, is the agency’s latest attempt at this goal. The interest isn’t new — decades ago it led to the creation of the Uniform Crime Reporting Project, which the bureau was tasked with collecting data for in 1930. But modern technology enables better reporting and more transparency than UCR’s standard yearly reports. And so, in the fall of 2016, the FBI began building the Crime Data Explorer.”

TRAC Immigration: TRAC’s New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court

TRAC Immigration: TRAC’s New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court. “The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has just released a brand new web mapping application that allows the public to examine for the very first time the number of individuals residing in each state, county, and local community within a county, who have pending cases before the Immigration Court. Using this new interactive web tool, the location of individuals involved in Immigration Court cases can be displayed based upon each individual’s recorded home address. Where the individual is detained, the address shown may be that of the detention facility where the individual is being held.”

Lifehacker: Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar

Lifehacker: Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar. “Looking up directions on Google Maps is a little clunky on the desktop. You have to select your starting location, your destination, and your method of transport. But if you’re on Chrome, you can build three shortcuts to get directions right from the address bar, without a single click.”

CleanTechnica: New Interactive Map Displays Every Wind Farm & Factory In America

CleanTechnica: New Interactive Map Displays Every Wind Farm & Factory In America. “The American Wind Energy Association has this week published a new interactive map which displays every single wind farm and factory across the United States, aimed to help people better picture the substantial growth of the US wind industry. The US wind industry most recently installed 357 MW (megawatts) worth of wind capacity in the second quarter, bringing the country’s cumulative capacity up to 84,405 MW, made up of 52,000 commercial wind turbines currently operating in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. “

Global News: U.K. researchers use Google satellite images to identify signs of slavery in India

Global News: U.K. researchers use Google satellite images to identify signs of slavery in India. “When Jess Wardlaw began working with the Slavery from Space project, she was taken aback by just how prevalent slavery is in the modern world. Slavery from Space is a project by the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab that uses Google satellite images to identify signs of slavery in India, and pass that information onto local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on the ground and government officials. The Rights Lab is a wider initiative by the university to put an end to slavery around the world.”

There’s a Web Site Tracking the “Hot Donuts Now” Sign Status at Krispy Kreme Locations

New-to-me and apparently launched in March, and so bonkers I’m including it here, don’t @ me: a Web site which tracks the “Hot Donuts Now” status at Krispy Kreme locations. From the About page: “Really, I just noticed that Krispy Kreme had an API, and I wanted to know if the times when the ‘Hot Donuts Now’ sign was on were predictable, so I wrote a scraper. And then I decided to make the information public so everyone could schedule their days around the ‘Hot Donuts Now’ sign.”