Data Is Plural

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

2019.10.23 edition

Autocracies, ECB speeches, biomedical citations, adoptable dogs, and data-visualization professionals.

Autocracies. The Autocratic Ruling Parties Dataset bills itself as “the first comprehensive data set on the founding origins, modes of gaining and losing power, ruling tenures, and other characteristics of autocratic ruling parties.” The dataset, created by political science professor Michael K. Miller, covers nearly 500 parties in more than 150 countries between 1940 and 2015. [h/t u/smurfyjenkins]

Euro-bank speeches. European Central Bank has begun publishing a spreadsheet of all executive board members’ speeches since the late 1990s. The dataset contains each speech’s date, speaker(s), title, subtitle, and text; the ECB says it will be updated every two months. [h/t Volker Nitsch + Peter Tillmann]

Biomedical citations. The National Institutes of Health’s new Open Citation Collection brings together 420 million academic citations in biomedical literature. The data — the most comprehensive available for biomedicine — now underpins the NIH’s iCite platform, where you can explore citation statistics online. The citations are also available as a bulk download and via an API. [h/t Travis Hoppe]

Adoptable dogs. The Pudding’s Amber Thomas used PetFinder’s API to collect detailed data on all adoptable dogs at shelters and rescue organizations on a single day in September. Related: Thomas’s story for The Pudding, which uses the data to examine state-to-state relocations.

Charts and minds. The Data Visualization Society has published the results of its annual community survey, which received 1,359 responses from data visualization practitioners. The public data contains answers to 50 questions on topics such as compensation, tools, community, and more. [h/t Amy Cesal]