FreeCodeCamp: We just released 3 years of freeCodeCamp chat history as Open Data — all 5 million messages of it

FreeCodeCamp: We just released 3 years of freeCodeCamp chat history as Open Data — all 5 million messages of it. “This dataset is a record of activity from freeCodeCamp’s most popular chatroom, the general chatroom, which the Gitter team has told me is the most active room on all of Gitter. The dataset contains posts from learners, bots, moderators, and contributors between December 31, 2014 and December 9, 2017.”

Phys.org: Dark Energy Survey publicly releases first three years of data

Phys.org: Dark Energy Survey publicly releases first three years of data. “At a special session held during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES) announced today the public release of their first three years of data. This first major release of data from the Survey includes information on about 400 million astronomical objects, including distant galaxies billions of light-years away as well as stars in our own galaxy.”

Theranos: Tracking a Startup in Trouble Through Public Data (Enigma)

Enigma: Theranos: Tracking a Startup in Trouble Through Public Data. “Theranos, a medical technology startup born in the dormitories of Stanford University, had a meteoric rise and an equally spectacular fall. To better understand how Theranos rose to prominence only to succumb to its present, diminished state, we traced the company’s footprint through public data and news reports. In doing so, we gained a nuanced view into the health of the company over time. While some of the information became publicly available only after hard-hitting news stories, the data provides valuable context around both Theranos and the potential risk associated with other similar companies.”

StateScoop: New open data directory collects standards from around the world

StateScoop: New open data directory collects standards from around the world. “A partnership between two civic data groups has led to the launch of a free directory of open data standards with the goal of making it easier for governments to find specifications that suit their open data needs. The Open Data Standards Directory has about 60 entries of open data standards governments could use to publish data on transit, infrastructure, crime, elections and other information that might interest the public.”

Curbed Philadelphia: New Atlas tool has everything you need to know about Philly properties

Curbed Philadelphia: New Atlas tool has everything you need to know about Philly properties. “Searching for homes and vacant lots in Philly is about to get a whole lot easier with the launch of Atlas, a new online mapping tool that pools nearly every bit of information about one property into one place…. Atlas now compiles everything one needs to know about a single address into one comprehensive database, including deed information, permits, 311 data, crime statistics, zoning appeals, and the registered community organization (RCO) that’s associated with that property. It also includes historic imagery of the site, dating as far back as 1860.”

ZDNet: Open-sourcing data will make big data bigger than ever

ZDNet: Open-sourcing data will make big data bigger than ever. “Free software has been with computing since day one, but proprietary software ruled businesses. It took open source and its licenses to transform how we coded our programs. Today, even Microsoft has embraced open source. Now, The Linux Foundation has created a new open license framework, Community Data License Agreement (CDLA), which may do for data what open source did for programming.”

StateScoop: For open data that matters, you need to get tactical

StateScoop: For open data that matters, you need to get tactical. “There has been and continues to be a disconnect between the rhetoric and promise of open data and about what it has meant in terms of practical reform. The promise of open data is not about data on a website. The promise is for a new kind of relationship between government and people, one that brings about collaborative opportunities for co-creation, and while there has been significant progress in on this front, reforms are so far falling short. The next step is to use this open government data for action.”