Data Is Plural

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

2022.01.26 edition

Redistricting, SARS-CoV-2 in local sewage, collective bargaining, European gas storage, and whaling.

Redistricting. US decennial redistricting is well underway, with redrawn legislative maps approved in the majority of states. FiveThirtyEight, Politico, and The Washington Post have all built graphics tracking the process and its likely effects on Congress. The Redistricting Data Hub, a project of the Fair Representation in Redistricting Initiative, has been gathering states’ proposed and approved maps (e.g., California’s, from its commission), as well other datasets useful for analyzing the changes. All About Redistricting, a resource founded by Loyola Law School’s Justin Levitt, also publishes state mapping data, as well as a downloadable table describing who controls each state’s redistricting process.

SARS-CoV-2 in local sewage. Biobot Analytics, a wastewater epidemiology company, has been partnering with local governments to monitor sewage for traces of coronavirus. Their public dashboard and downloadable data provide weekly estimates of the number of SARS-CoV-2 genome copies per milliliter of wastewater — at a national and regional level, and for 31 of the participating communities (some with data more recent than others). Read more: “In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge” (The New York Times). [h/t Dave Pell]

Collective bargaining. The US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s stated mission “is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation.” It also publishes spreadsheets of data submitted through its Form F-7, which employers and unions must file when they can’t agree on modifying or ending a collectively bargained contract. The spreadsheets, which go back to 2015, list the employer and union’s name and location, their industry, the size of the bargaining unit, and a few other details. Previously: Union elections (DIP 2021.05.05) and voluntary recognition (DIP 2021.09.22). [h/t Dan Bauman]

European gas storage. The industry group Gas Infrastructure Europe publishes data on daily fuel storage levels at its members’ facilities. For each facility, and aggregated to the provider and country level, the data indicate the amount of fuel in storage, the percent capacity that represents, fuel added and withdrawn, and more. As seen in: “Earlier Than Ever, European Gas Storage Is Half-Empty” (Bloomberg). [h/t Rose Mintzer-Sweeney]

Whaling., a collaboration between the Mystic Seaport Museum and the New Bedford Whaling Museum, revolves around a series of interconnected databases. They include every known American whaling voyage between the 1700s and 1920s, entries from 1,381 of their logbooks, and some of their crew lists, plus records from British and French voyages. [h/t u/cavedave]