US Covid19 Database, Data Assets, Historical Cookbooks, Digitization of Indian Judiciary, Public Database and Police Data & Racial Biases

This week we begin with an article on the federal health advisory committee members warning about the consequences of the US government’s new virus data collection methods, on the integrity of data. Next, we have a story on the transformation of data assets into technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning enabling quick solutions and progress for businesses. The following article talks about a database of over 5,000 historical cookbooks created by a passionate cookbook collector from Massachusetts and a team of research scholars. Next, we cover the need for greater digitization of India’s legal system and allowing machine-readable data on court websites to enable broader analysis of cases by researchers. Then, we have a story which highlights the importance of time and accurate open databases in tackling global health crisis like COVID-19. Lastly, we have enclosed a link to a documentary on the use of data-driven systems by Police Departments to predict crime, which raises questions on biased racial profiling of criminals based on past police practices.

Health Experts Warn About Perils of New Virus Data Collection System

Nearly three dozen current and former members of a federal health advisory committee, including nine appointed or reappointed by the health secretary, Alex M. Azar II, are warning that the Trump administration’s new coronavirus database is placing an undue burden on hospitals and will have “serious consequences on data integrity.”

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Transforming Data Assets to Technology Unravels Possibilities

Invasion of technology in the business sector is a developing aspect. Business agencies are looking for ways to broad base their financial stability through improving technology. When the business sector is looking for quick solutions and progress, they are ready to put forward the idea of making data assets to transformational technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and automation.

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A Database of 5,000 Historical Cookbooks Is Now Online, and You Can Help Improve It

In the early 1960s, Julia Child and her husband handed Barbara Ketcham Wheaton the keys to their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The famous couple was going to California for the summer, but they wanted their young neighbor to be able to continue one of her favorite activities: perusing Child’s collection of historical cookbooks.

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Open courts, open data: Digitisation of India’s legal system needs ramping up

The digitisation of Indian courts has received a major thrust due to the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions. The judiciary, led by the Supreme Court and the High Courts, have adopted e-filing for urgent matters and conducted frequent hearings over video conferencing.

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A need for open public data standards and sharing in light of COVID-19

The disjointed public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated one clear truth: the value of timely, publicly available data. The John Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Systems Science and Engineering’s COVID-19 dashboard exists to provide this information.

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Racial Profiling 2.0 | Full Documentary

As police departments turn to big data to help reduce crime in their neighborhoods, advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about high-tech racial profiling. The algorithm-driven systems analyze supposedly impartial historical crime data to predict where crimes will occur or who might commit them. But critics say the data can actually reinforce biased past police practices. 

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