This Week in Data: Dialysis Facilities, Excessive Pigeons, and more


It’s been another data-filled few days here at Enigma. We published some fascinating tables—they could possibly save your life, or at least help you pick a better name for your boat.

What do people name their boats? The names of merchant and recreational vessels are tracked by the Department of Commerce, and as it turns out, a large number of boats have very unoriginal names. The most popular are Serenity, Freedom, and Liberty, though quite a few boat-owners (165, to be exact) also opted for the pun Seas the Day. 

Antenna connectivity in New York. Since 2005, New York City has kept a record of every permit granted to install a cellular antenna. These records, with detailed address information, essentially constitute a map of all antennae in the city. Potentially a great way to track city development over the past ten years—or, if you are a bird, a good way to find a place to sit.

Cancer statistics. Do you know how common it is for someone of your age, gender, and race to have a certain form of cancer?  These 10 datasets aggregate cancer incidence and mortality information from the CDC. Included: the number of new cases of cancer by site (i.e. respiratory system, endocrine system), by geographic area, and a number of demographics, as well as quite a few tables regarding childhood cancer.

Seeking treatment for kidney disease. If you—or someone you know—requires kidney dialysis, this list might be helpful: it contains information about all dialysis facilities registered with Medicare. It provides an address and telephone number for each facility, lat/long coordinates, and information pertaining to the type of services provided—as well as the quality of those services.

Chicago: where some buildings might need some work. Here's a table of all violations issued by the Chicago Department of Buildings since 2006. Each row includes the address and lat/long coordinates of the particular building in question, and a description of the nature of the violation. Some sound quite serious, like detected levels of carbon monoxide or inadequate heat, but there are also at least 700 instances of excessive pigeons. A few addresses are serious repeat offenders, especially one particular residential building on the South Side that’s racked up over 200 violations in the past 10 years.