Data Is Plural

... is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets.

2016.05.11 edition

Panama Papers, Kepler planets, “marihuana” handlers, obesity, and upward mobility.

Secret offshore companies. On Monday, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released data on 210,000 companies, trusts, and funds named in the massive Panama Papers leak. The database is searchable online and downloadable as several CSV files. The dataset includes companies’ officers, registered addresses, and middlemen. It supplements a pre-existing cache of of 105,000 companies named in ICIJ’s 2013 “Offshore Leaks” investigation.

Potentially habitable planets. Since 2009, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been looking for Earth-like exoplanets — i.e., planets outside our solar system. Through the NASA Exoplanet Archive, you can explore, filter, and download databases of “candidate” and “confirmed” exoplanets, including Kepler’s discoveries. [h/t David Kipping]

“Marihuana.” The Institute for Cannabis (established in 1985 as The Institute for Hemp) has obtained, via FOIA, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of organizations licensed to handle marijuana — or, as the license application form calls it, “marihuana.” Many of the nearly 3,000 licensees are law enforcement organizations, but universities, pharmacies, and hospitals also pepper the list. [h/t Michael Ravnitzky]

Obesity over time. An international network of researchers who study noncommunicable diseases estimates the annual prevalence of obesity and diabetes for approximately 200 countries and territories around the world. The data currently covers 1975–2014 and is based, on 2,000+ surveys, according to the group. Related: Bloomberg’s chart and maps of the data.

Upward mobility. In response to a freedom-of-information request, the NYC Department of Buildings provided WNYC with a spreadsheet of 76,088 “registered elevator devices” in the city. Elevators and escalators dominate the list, but you’ll also find dumbwaiters, handicap lifts, and a few other vertical transporters. The spreadsheet includes data on location, speed, maximum capacity, floors served, and more. Related: FiveThirtyEight analyzed the data last week. [h/t Michael A. Rice, a teacher at Ingraham High School in Seattle + John Templon]