Browsing Hacker News, I recently found out about the City of Oakland releasing almost 3 million records of license plate reader data. The conversation there is way better than any blurb I could come up with. However, this is a neat opportunity to mine this data as an academic exercise.
From the source, they are hosting a list of CSV files with various bits of information. Common to all files, and of critical importance is the date and time of the tag reading and the latitude and longitude of each reading. Supplemental information as the site of the reading and source of such is often given as well. Most worrisome is the fact that the data has not been cleansed and includes the actual license tag for each reading instead of some ID. This would be the first thing to go after for data to be re-shared and used here. Continue reading