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Predictive data analytics in New York City - O'Reilly Radar

Predictive data analytics in New York City - O'Reilly Radar | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A predictive data analytics team in the Mayor's Office of New York City has been quietly using data science to find patterns in regulatory data that can then be applied to law enforcement, public safety, public health and better allocation of resources. In a good interview Michael Flowers explains why applying data science to regulatory data is necessary to use city resources better. This is the other aspect of smart cities - better analytics and models informing policy and practise. Worth readig. Click on the image or headline to learn more

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big data and the geoweb | ryan burns

big data and the geoweb | ryan burns | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Insightful blog post from the – university of washington's Ryan Burns on the realtionship between BigData and GeoWeb and its implications.

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Why Society is a Complex Matter, by Philip Ball

Why Society is a Complex Matter, by Philip Ball | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Society is complicated. But this book argues that this does not place it beyond the reach of a science that can help to explain and perhaps even to predict social behaviour. As a system made up of many interacting agents – people, groups, institutions and governments, as well as physical and technological structures such as roads and computer networks – society can be regarded as a complex system. In recent years, scientists have made great progress in understanding how such complex systems operate, ranging from animal populations to earthquakes and weather. These systems show behaviours that cannot be predicted or intuited by focusing on the individual components, but which emerge spontaneously as a consequence of their interactions: they are said to be ‘self-organized’. Attempts to direct or manage such emergent properties generally reveal that ‘top-down’ approaches, which try to dictate a particular outcome, are ineffectual, and that what is needed instead is a ‘bottom-up’ approach that aims to guide self-organization towards desirable states. This book shows how some of these ideas from the science of complexity can be applied to the study and management of social phenomena, including traffic flow, economic markets, opinion formation and the growth and structure of cities.


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WaterML2 - A Global Standard for Hydrological Time Series

The results of a public voting process have confirmed that the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has decided to adopt WaterML 2.0 as an official OGC standard for hydrological time series encoding. This helps pave the way for better integrated geo-hydro simulation models and open exchange  of different of kinds of hydro-meteorological observations and measurements. Very Cool. Learn more by clicking on the title.

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Gamasutra - Features - How Do You Put the Sim in SimCity?

Gamasutra - Features - How Do You Put the Sim in SimCity? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Games and games technology often inspire and sometimes lead the simulation industry. Over the years Sim City has been instrumental in many people learning about simulations, urban planning and land use in and outside of a class room. The next generation of Sim City is likely to do that and set expectations on what City Simulations should look like. :-) Great article at Gamasutra on the design and aesthetic of the new version and how it relates to the underpinning simulation. Learn more...

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Connecting the Dots: Human population growth across the globe

Connecting the Dots: Human population growth across the globe | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

This short video gives a graphic insight into world poplulation growth across the globe from 1 AD up to 2030 AD. Each dot represents 1 million people. Worth watching...

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Geospatial Networking in the Roman Empire | HISTORIES OF THINGS TO COME

Geospatial Networking in the Roman Empire | HISTORIES OF THINGS TO COME | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

At Stanford, Classics professor Walter Scheidel and digital humanities developer Elijah Meeks, with geographer/Web developer Karl Grossner and Noemi Alvarez have produced a geospatial networking system called ORBIS, which is like a Google Maps of the Roman Empire. The map allows users to explore the empire via the Romans' famous road system and sea routes, with embedded contemporary travel costs in denarii. "This application facilitates simulation of the structural properties of the network, which are of particular value for our understanding of the historical significance of cost in mediating connectivity within the Roman Empire." As we build out somulation models of economies and disease, using tools such as Robis can hep us test hypothese against well documented historical records. Interesting. Learn more...

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Open Data and Mapping for Disasters and Development

Open Data and Mapping for Disasters and Development | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
RT @tinholt: Open data and mapping for disasters and development: #opendata - it's about citizens creating it: http://t.co/gfOueJZ6...
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Cosm :: blog: Pachube is now Cosm!

Cosm :: blog: Pachube is now Cosm! | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

In the past we have used pachube for testing linking sensors and data feeds to visualisations and simulations. Since their aquisition by LogMeln they have under gone a bunch of developments and now relaunched as Cosm. It is really great to see the service evolve, so now looking forward to integrating Cosm into our solutions.  Learn more ...

 

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GIS and Agent-Based Modelling: SimTable and fires

GIS and Agent-Based Modelling: SimTable and fires | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

GIS and Agent Based Modelling Blog is an awesome resource for those interested in agent based simulation and geophysical or geohuman issues. Great article on Los Almos National Labs SimTable for Emergency Operations Centers.

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Report on County's GIS Investment Quantifies Benefits

Report on County's GIS Investment Quantifies Benefits | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

If agent based systems and decision management solutions for complex systems are to be adopted in the commercial world - clear and transparent return on investment methods are needed. An awesome example from the spatial GIS world is King County, Washington (home of Seattle) has recently undertaken an in-depth look at the value that the county has received from their GIS investment. Professor Richard Zerbe from the University of Washington’s Center for Benefit-Cost Analysis conducted the study that spans from 1992 to 2010. The report totals the investment over this 18-year span at $201 million, and the benefits at $775 million.


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Data.gov

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The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the executive branch of the federal government.
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Python and GIS Resources | GIS Lounge

Python and GIS Resources | GIS Lounge | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Find resources to web sites about Python scripting to use in GIS. Learn how to use Python to expand your geographic information system.
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Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom | Science Wire | EarthSky

Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom | Science Wire | EarthSky | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Whirlpools, or eddies, swirl across the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean sustaining phytoplankton in the ocean’s shallower waters where they can get plenty of sunlight to fuel their growth, keeping them from being pushed downward by the ocean’s rough surface.The result is a burst of spring and summer color atop the ocean’s waters. How important is the bloom to the North Atlantic Ocean and beyond–to the global carbon cycle?

Springtime blooms of microscopic plants in the ocean contributes to the oceanic uptake of carbon dioxide, amounting globally to about one-third of the carbon dioxide humans put into the air each year through the burning of fossil fuels. Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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Complex Systems based city model for future development

SINGAPORE - The Housing and Development Board will soon be able to make better and more informed decisions on sustainable urban planning initiatives - such as which public housing blocks should have green roofs or solar panels. A Memorandum of Understanding to test-bed a new complex systems modeling tool was signed between the HDB, Electricite de France and VEOLIA Environement Recherche et Innovation yesterday at the World Cities Summit. The complex Systems Model simulates the built environment of a city and its impact on resource use, environment, people and costs. Click on the headline to learn more...

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Open House: Smarter cities, smarter thinking

Open House: Smarter cities, smarter thinking | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A good review of Open House: Smarter cities, smarter thinking meeting on the 28 June, 2012 . 

This year’s conference centred on the cohesive development of our cities. Delegates from BDP, Hawkins Brown, Nicholas Hare Architects, Pick Everard and Foster + Partners were among those present at the second day of the Open House Worldwide Conference 2012 hosted by CBRE in London. Worth reading. Click on image or headline to learn more.

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Early Flow Maps | Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities +

Early Flow Maps | Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities + | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Showing that nothing is ever new, Mike Batty posts an example of an early flow map from 1906 and gives links to earlier examples by Charles Minard in the 19th century. 

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E3 2012 – SimCity Eyes-On Impressions | Piki Geek

E3 2012 – SimCity Eyes-On Impressions | Piki Geek | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

I loved sim city - it was a marvelous game and it got me seriously hooked on the design approaches used by Will Wright. For the latest game in the series, known simply as SimCity (EA, you’re only making things more confusing for us all), Maxis has built an entirely new and incredibly impressive simulation engine called Glassbox to power the game. It made for one of the most impressive demonstrations at E3, so read on to find out why and get a glimpse of future city teaching tools. Learn more...

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Spatial Analysis

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Totally awesome blog by James Chesire and co  at UCL CASA on spatial analysis and geo data visualization. Worth reading and learning from. Learn more...

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Mapping Global Water Stress - The Atlantic Cities

Mapping Global Water Stress - The Atlantic Cities | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
The Atlantic CitiesMapping Global Water StressThe Atlantic CitiesA new mapping tool from the World Resources Institute visualizes how those risk factors can combine to create large problems, or how conditions can be improved to reduce the potential...

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Dynamic Interaction Models for Web Enabled Wireless Sensor Networks

Abstract—Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are a funda-mental technology for science in many domains, and their inclu-sion in Web environments, e.g. through Web services, allows for their open/standa...
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GIS and Agent-Based Modelling: Natural Disasters and Crowdsourcing: Haiti

GIS and Agent-Based Modelling: Natural Disasters and Crowdsourcing: Haiti | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

 Recently researchers’ attention has focused on using crowds of volunteers to help map the infrastructure and devastation caused by natural disasters, such as those in Haiti and Pakistan.  The movie on the Agent Based Modelling blog shows the response to the earthquake by the OpenStreetMap community within 12 hours of the earthquake. Volunteers from around the world used satellite photographs and responses from on the ground to create a revised OpenStreetMap of Haiti in the aftermath of the quake. The map quickly became a main tool for Sear and Rescue (SAR) teams. Similar volunteer initiatives are being used to map Slums in India and Africa to create residence maps to help with urban planning activities and policing. Learn more...

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Alternative Approaches to Parallel GIS Processing — Nathan Kerr

Alternative Approaches to Parallel GIS Processing — Nathan Kerr | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Nathan's MS Thesis reviews current approaches to parallel GIS processing. It is a great thesis and very handy reference to recent approaches to largescale GIS spatial data processing and many of the challenges which need to be overcome. 

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Sketchup leaves Google, moves to Trimble

Sketchup leaves Google, moves to Trimble | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Sketchup - the 3D modeling application - a favourite of architects  and builders for quick 3D sketches- finds a new home.  Originally acquired by Google to help add 3D content to Google Earth,  the software is moving to Trimble where it will become part of Trimble's Office-to-Field Platform. The acquisition is part of Trimble's continuing expansion into the building and spatial information solutions market spanning design and planning offices to onsite construction and development measurement.

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A Science of Cities

A Science of Cities | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

For me, Mike Batty is one of the defining thought leaders on the science of cities. He is Professor of Planning at University College London where he run's one of the UK's most important research centers for spatial systems -  the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).  This his blog and its a delight and information rich.. Read more...

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