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How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America

Mapping Drug Overdoses Across the United States, Matthew Beckwith, Center for Data Innovation. “The New York Times has created a data visualization illustrating the severity of the overdose epidemic at the county level throughout the United States. Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the visualization… Continue Reading

HBR – Should Antitrust Regulators Stop Companies from Collecting So Much Data?

Joe Kennedy, Harvard Business Review, April 17, 2017: “Innovation has always required a constant iteration of trial and error as companies use data about current performance to improve future performance. So it should come as no surprise that companies in the information age want to use ever more data to hone their products. But there is… Continue Reading

Are the discounts real – online retailers through the looking glass

The Atlantice – Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer. “…the immense data trail you leave behind whenever… Continue Reading

Now users can download search results from Congress.gov

“The Congress.gov legislative database now has the ability to download search results. Anytime you do a search, anywhere in Congress.gov, you will see a “Download Results” link next to “Save this Search” link in the upper left corner. This will produce a .csv file that can be opened by a spreadsheet application.”  For more information… Continue Reading

Report Provides Blueprint Of How Memory Can Be Improved When It’s Lagging

Kaiser Health News: “A new study looks at the effects of electrical stimulation on the brain, and how those pulses can improve and impair memory.” The New York Times: ‘Pacemaker’ For The Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds  – Well-timed pulses from electrodes implanted in the brain can enhance memory in some people, scientists reported… Continue Reading

Junk News and Bots during the French Presidential Election

Junk News and Bots during the French Presidential Election: What Are French Voters Sharing Over Twitter? COMPROP DATA MEMO 2017.3 / 22 April 2017 Philip N. Howard Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during… Continue Reading

Pew – Libraries and Learning

“Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide. Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities… Continue Reading

Google shares hiring documents and techniques

Structure your hiring process with these re:Work tools: “Hiring someone new is a critical decision for a team or organization, and every step of the hiring process contributes to the final outcome. Use these resources from Google to help you approach hiring in a fair and structured way. Job description checklist [document] Sample structured interview… Continue Reading

The United States of Work

The New Republic – Miya Tokumitsu: “The United States of Work Employers exercise vast control over our lives, even when we’re not on the job. How did our bosses gain power that the government itself doesn’t hold?” Continue Reading

HBR – Using Blockchain to Keep Public Data Public

Harvard Business Review – Data is under attack by Brian Forde is senior lecturer for bitcoin and blockchain at the MIT Sloan School of Management “…The Obama administration drastically increased the openness of government data, codifying it with an executive order that made open, machine-readable data the new default for government information, to ensure that we have transparency… Continue Reading

NASA’s huge new online image collection explained

NextGov: “From the iconic moon landing to pictures of intergalactic space, more than 140,000 images, audio and video collected by NASA over the decades are now housed in one nice, neat and searchable location: Images.Nasa.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library allows the public to search, share and download NASA content from 60 collections now… Continue Reading