AP Launches Open Source DataKit for Project Organization

The Associated Press just launched AP DataKit, an open-source command-line tool designed to better structure and manage projects. The kit aims to makes it easier to standardize and share work among members of your team, and helps to keep your past projects organized and easily accessible for future reference. AP DataKit works off a basic framework that includes the core product and a few key plugins to help you manage where your data files and code are stored and updated. The kit includes cookiecutter templates so projects can be spun up quickly whenever needed; keeps all parts of a project cleanly separated including data, code, configuration, and documentation; and integrates with cloud storage and hosting.

Source: Associated Press

Posted on: September 23, 2019

New Search Feature Makes it Easier to Discover Data

The Google News Initiative is to working on making data easier to discover with a new search feature. Based on feedback from 30 of the world’s top data journalists, Google has identified an opportunity to improve how tabular data appears in Google Search. It works like this: news organizations that publish data in the form of tables can add additional structured data to make the dataset parts of the page easier to identify for use in relevant Search features. News organizations add the structured data to their existing html of a page, which means they still control how their tables are presented to readers. ProPublica has been testing the structured data on its interactive databases on its Non-profits Explorer.

Source: Google News Initiative

Posted on: August 1, 2018

Global Child Soldier Database Launched

The first-ever online database on child soldiers launched this week, mapping the shocking scale of child exploitation by armed forces and non-state armed groups around the world. Developed by human rights group Child Soldiers International, the Child Soldiers World Index is the first comprehensive worldwide resource on child recruitment. The Index exposes the systematic abuse of child rights in many countries, including those often untouched by international media attention. Covering all 197 United Nations Member States, the Index, which includes more than 10,000 data points, will include authoritative data on national laws, policies and child recruitment practices worldwide. 

Source: Child Soldiers International

Posted on: February 22, 2018

Report: Tech Companies’ Privacy Rankings

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its annual report: Who Has Your Back: Which Companies Help Protect Your Data from the Government. Among the best major international tech firms are Twitter, LinkedIn, DropBox, and Google; among the worst the list includes Amazon, Apple, and Yahoo.

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Posted on: May 2, 2013