The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
Hello, regular readers and welcome new ones :) This is Quantum of Sollazzo, the newsletter about all things data. I am Giuseppe Sollazzo, or @puntofisso. I’ve been sending this newsletter since 2012 to be a summary of all the articles with or about data that captured my attention over the previous week. The newsletter is and will always (well, for as long as I can keep going!) be free, but you’re welcome to become a friend via the links below.
Every now and then I include a six-question interview with an inspiring data person. This week, I speak with Robin Linacre, who is a data scientist at the UK Ministry of Justice, and the developer of their big data linkage platform Splink (which was covered in issue 485 of Quantum).
The most clicked link last week was mySociety’s initiative on climate data. Really topical.
And a final apology – a few of you reported that the sponsored link was pointing to the wrong website. Or vice versa, in fact the link was right but… I had forgotten to update the text. Sorry!
I’m away most of next week, so see you in two weeks’ time, Giuseppe @puntofisso
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Brilliant visualization by The Guardian.
An eye-opening Twitter thread by John Burn-Murdoch.
Six Questions graduate Riccardo Sapority takes a look at abstention rates in Italian elections. Here is a translation into English.
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My friend Steph Gray helped set up the Queue tracker.
From proof of concept to launch was about 3 days. The map itself was built as a single script PHP application using a flatfile database to store the lat/lon co-ordinates of the end of the queue, and a KML file of the planned maximum queue path. A simple management app with a big purple button designed to run on a phone would be used by the marshall at the end of the queue to use the HTML geolocation API built into modern browsers to get their position, preview it on a map to check, and then update the map.
“About two-thirds of individual capital gains subject to tax are from selling corporate stock; the remainder is from property sales.” A good explainer by USAFacts.
I’m not into this sort of things… until I see a tutorial like this. By Milos Popovic.
“While I encountered many interesting tutorials […], they all used satellite imagery to show wind movement in the form of heatmap rather than vectors. So, I decided to give it a try and make a different wind map.
On my voyage, I was lucky to find package rWind that brings wind data from Global Forecast System to your drive. This fascinating library allows you to donwload wind data for any place on the planet in just a few minutes.“
Yet another brilliant interactive tutorial by MLU.
A Jupyter notebook to play with Stable Diffusion.
“The Climate Machine is a new Earth system model that leverages recent advances in the computational and data sciences to learn directly from a wealth of Earth observations from space and the ground. The Climate Machine will harness more data than ever before, providing a new level of accuracy to predictions of droughts, heat waves, and rainfall extremes.“
“When I was recently on the market, I also considered a few positions with Head Of titles and eventually ended up accepting one. As I’m sure you can imagine, the responsibilities and scope of those Head Of positions varied tremendously, ranging from an individual contributor doing developer relations to senior leadership roles in established organizations.“
“Explore the impact of e-commerce in every community – including yours”
“USA TODAY analyzed more than 2.8 million tweets posted by members of Congress. The language has become more divided and emotional.“
Chris Loader takes another look at data for “work-at-home patterns from the ABS census 2016 for the six largest Australian cities, with some deeper dives for Melbourne and Sydney”.
“I dare suggest that if someone lived in an SA1 that intersected with their regular workplace Destination Zone, it’s pretty likely that they ordinarily worked at home.“
“Climate change is happening and affects all of us. It is really scary and we’re already starting to see its consequences everywhere. But not every country is truly facing an equal risk from climate change. Not every region will see the same changes in local weather, or be affected by rising sea levels to the same degree. And not every country has the same capability to prepare and protect itself from the dangers it will face.
A third very important difference to consider is climate responsibility.“
A nice visual tracker by Bloomberg.
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