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.
I've been in my new job for a week. I'm very happy to be back working on data, especially with a product and service management hat. I've already met quite a few people in the team, and learning more and more about the existing architecture and ways of working. Onwards!
Also, I'll be away for a few days next week, so Quantum will probably be on holiday for a couple of weeks. So I've added a few more links this week, and I'll be back with the usual double whopper.
The most clicked link last week was Unearthed's investigation on sewage spills in England and Wales.
'till next issue,
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"We partnered with Ipsos and The Washington Post to poll voters before and after the candidates took the stage."
Quite a bit to digest in this article by FiveThirtyEight, including some pretty good graphics that make it very easy to understand which direction different candidates are leaning.
"Fertility declines across the European Union, with the South lagging behind. Birth rates in northern countries also show signs of decline as the causes become more structural and unrelated to wealth and stability. What's going on? A data-story."
From the European Journalism Network, a good look at Eurostat data,
"Here’s how debate watchers thought all the candidates performed Wednesday night."
Produced by the Washington Post with FiveThirtyEight, it's a variation of the article above.
The South China Morning Post has this brilliantly visual article on the moon landings.
Great analysis by the Washington Post here.
"“When you get out into rural America, it’s actually a lot more heterogeneous than people imagine it to be,” said Jonathan Rodden, political scientist and author of the book “Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide.”"
The Berliner Morgenpost: "Lethal heat, flooded coastlines, powerful hurricanes, water scarcity: climate models show that by the end of the century, life as normal won’t be possible in many places. Find out where populations are projected to be hit hardest with our 3D interactive visualisation."
"Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests."
They do a few things, but I'm mostly linking because of their map.
The Financial Times looks at antimicrobial resistance.
(via Peter Wood)
New online book by the ONS Data Science Deputy Director Dr Arthur Turrell, which aims to "give you the skills you need to code for data science". Arthur says that the book is "suitable for people who have some familiarity with the ideas behind programming and coding but who don’t yet know how to do data science.".
"Open-source web platform used to create live reporting dashboards from APIs, MongoDB, Firestore, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and more."
The website (shareware model) is here, but take also a look at the GitHub repository.
Richard Ekwonye: "I only recently took an interest in understanding the underlying logic that governs their behaviour. This demystified curve-related path commands for me and gave me a deeper understanding of web animations. In this article, I’ll share my interesting findings on Bézier curves."
It's developed by the BBC R&D team.
A web-based tool to explore and apply FFmpeg filters.
A website "visualising data structures and algorithms through animation".
"Meet TIM, a new and completely free tool built in Shiny to generate insights from your time series data."
"The purpose of this article is to show how to create and manipulate isometric views in SVG, and how to define these objects using, in particular, the JointJS library."
Flourish has released a new "Interactive SVG" template which lets users create SVG files with interactive, clickable areas.
I particularly like the idea of creating an interactive floorplan, for some reason.
"This is a short tutorial intended to give some helpful pointers to those working on sign language data and the programming language R. "
"This book provides the tools, the methods, and the theory to meet the challenges of contemporary data science applied to geographic problems and data. "
A critical article looking at corporate approaches to web scraping. It's a controversial topic in many ways: "Some of the biggest companies on earth—including Meta and Microsoft—take aggressive, litigious approaches to prohibiting web scraping on their own properties, while taking liberal approaches to scraping data on other companies’ properties."
Interesting discussion on the latest issue of "How to Read This Chart" about the controversial use of different scales on the left and right of the Y-axis.
I don't understand anything about snooker, but this interactive Tableau viz is pretty cool.
One of Nathan Yau's amazing analyses of the American Community Survey (part of the US Census).
And another one from Nathan Yau - an interactive simulator of mortgage lifetime payments.
Does it really cost 2 USD to produce Nike shoes? This article analyses the cost with some... picturesque visualizations.
(via Peter Wood)
The House of Commons Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee has just published this interim report.
"The 12 challenges of AI governance that must be addressed by policymakers:
1. The Bias challenge
2. The Privacy challenge
3. The Misrepresentation challenge
4. The Access to Data challenge
5. The Access to Compute challenge
6. The Black Box challenge
7. The Open-Source challenge
8. The Intellectual Property and Copyright Challenge
9. The Liability challenge
10. The Employment challenge
11. The International Coordination challenge
12. The Existential challenge"
(via Massimo Conte)
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