Hospital Pricing Data
As of January 1, 2021, each hospital operating in the United States is now required to provide clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide in two ways:
As a comprehensive machine-readable file with all items and services.
In a display of shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format.
Unfortunately, beyond this statement there was very little guidance on how that should be accomplished. As a result the actual implementations of this data were very scattered and disparate, often being hard to find or use in any sort of aggregate way. data.world has undertaken an initiative to help clean and consolidate this pricing data so that consumers and researchers alike can examine and use it to a positive outcome. We’ve already created a framework and an ontology to help map this data and have started onboarding hospitals. This project is ongoing, and is welcoming anyone who would want to consume the output or help to maintain or grow the underlying infrastructure.
Social Impact Data
We continue to invest our time and efforts in sourcing and hosting high-value communities and datasets with a goal of promoting social good, social change, or other impactful areas. We believe this data can help researchers and data enthusiasts of all kinds identify, understand, and combat challenges in today’s social landscape. In this vein, we continue to develop a resource type we dubbed a “Data Resource Hub” which helps to aggregate and feature high value data around a particular subject. Our first initiative on this front was for the Coronavirus pandemic (which has now been sunsetted), and we are continuing to explore other large societal issues for which data can help inform, educate, unite and provide solutions.
One recent release on this front was the work that data.world led around Policing in America. This was a collaboration between data.world, The Data Foundation, the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), Forward Cities, Spot Crime, and Microsoft. This project worked to systematically improve evidence about how the American people view the criminal justice system and police forces.
If you have a topic where data aggregation would help to aid social change, we want to hear about it!
data.world is working with a consortium of people to bring Climate Change awareness and action to consumers and brands in a new way. We’re seeking to create data-led recommendations for companies on how they can drive education and awareness on how climate change has impacted consumer behavior across 8 macro consumer trends: relocation and migration, product consumption (consumer goods), carbon footprint, energy consumption, healthcare, diet, recycling and transportation. This effort will create a final report that includes research, recommendations and ideas on how to evolve consumer brands from the current status on climate change initiatives to drive action in consumers through education and awareness. Along the way, we’re hoping to collectively help to make climate change more relatable, and incentivize efforts to support change.
While data itself can shed light on an issue, its power is limited without things like context, provenance, and the array of metadata that is generated in the course of a data project. We’ve been building tools and integrations that allow organizations and individuals to have a clearer understanding of their data, and share that understanding with an audience. Highlights here include expanded capabilities around data lineage, data governance, and automated data linking, but check out our constant updates for more examples and up-to-date development.