Data Set A graph from the London Pulse dataset

Published on November 15th, 2013 | by Travis Korte


120 Years of London’s Health Reports

Last week, the Wellcome Trust library announced the release of “London Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972.” The open dataset comprises around 5,500 annual public health reports for the City of London and its constituent boroughs, on topics from birth rates to food hygiene. As public health became a greater concern in the local government following the turn of the century, data collection efforts expanded to include topics like child welfare clinic visits and pints of free milk dispensed.

The reports, offered in a variety of commonly used, machine-readable formats, contain unstructured text accounts as well as tabular data and graphs. Along with the text, around 275,000 tables have been digitized and offered as separate downloads.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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