Tait Brown was annoyed at the Victoria Police who had spent $86 million Australian dollars on developing the BlueNet system which basically consists of an license-plate OCR which crosschecks against a car theft database.
Anyway, he built a system that can identify license plates, read them, and should be able to cross check them with a criminal database.
I really liked reading about this project, so please do so if you’re curious via the links below:
The people at Predictive Talent, Inc. took a sample of 23.4 million job postings from 5,200+ job boards and 1,800+ cities around the US. They classified these jobs using the BLS Standard Occupational Classification tree and identified their primary work locations, primary job roles, estimated salaries, and 17 other job search-related characteristics. Next, they calculated five metrics for each role and city in order to identify the 123 biggest job shortages in the US:
Monthly Demand (#): How many people are companies hiring every month? This is simply the number of unique jobs posted every month.
Unmet Demand (%): What percentage of jobs did companies have a hard time filling? Details aside, basically, if a company re-posts the same job every week for 6 weeks, one may assume that they couldn’t find someone for the first 5 weeks.
Salary ($): What’s the estimated salary for these jobs near this city? Using 145,000+ data points from the federal government and proprietary sources, along with salary information parsed from jobs themselves, they estimated the median salary for similar jobs within 100 miles of the city.
Delight (#): On a scale of 1 (least) to 10 (most delight), how easy should the job search be for the average job-seeker? This is basically the opposite of Agony.
The end result is this amazing map of the job market in the U.S, which you can interactively explore here to see where you could best start your next job hunt.