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The Internet of Things Overview

Good overview and introductory article on the Internet of Things.  The Internet of things really is about many of the things in our lives being embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. The resulting information networks promise to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risk. They will also drive the second generation of BigData. - Read more...

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Rethinking Agent-Based Modeling and Microlevel Inference | Agents, Evolution and International Relations

I’ve been thinking about Agent-Based Models (ABM) and how they are employed in thinking about policy and decision-making. My assessment is that that community has only scratched the surface of the possible with respect to modeling, and is currently employing ABM in ways that don’t really accomplish the research goals or potential for exploring micro-macro linkages to the extent possible and necessary... Read More...

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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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How Big Data and Analytics will inform daily business decisions

How Big Data and Analytics will inform daily business decisions | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Nice video on - how large data sets and applied analytics will soon be driving daily business decisions, Dennis Berman reports on the News Hub. Photo: AP.

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Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing | Valve

Valve is one of the best and most innovative 3D companies on the planet. Michael Abrash is one of the best developers on the planet (if you are old enough to remember quake and know who John Carmack is - you will know why. If not - use google and be awed). The Valve blog is massively worth reading.... (as is Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash which is mentioned in the post- still prescient and massively entertaining nearly 20 years later).

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Data and visualization blogs worth following

Data and visualization blogs worth following | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Awesome list of 37 data viz blogs worth reading. (and really should be 38 because flowingdata.com who wrote this list is another one worth following :-) )

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Home | Modelling World 2012

Home | Modelling World 2012 | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

One for the events calender. 11th to 12th July - Modelling World 2012. Given all the changes in transportation, spatial modelling and analysis this years' Modelling World conference promises to be an essential event. Presentations and papers will explore the ways in which approaches new and old are being fused together to create innovative models, tools, processes and methodologies – informed, evidence-based, and scientific to help make informed decisions.

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Pharma land

Pharma land | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry – accounts for over 4 % of Gross Domestic Product and is the second most important industry, behind the engineering industry for the swiss economy. Good overview of the companies pharma industry.

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Bio-Linux 6 ~ Bioinformatics made Simple

Bio-Linux 6 ~ Bioinformatics made Simple | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Bio-Linux is an operating system set up for bioinformatics with a vast number of programs pre-installed. It can be obtained for free from the NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre. You can obtain a USB drive from NERC and boot from that ...

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Data visualisation DIY: our top tools

Data visualisation DIY: our top tools | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Just starting out in visualising your data? Looking for something simple to use? Good quick guide to available tools from Simon Rogers and co at the Guardian

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The Big Deal About Big Data

The Big Deal About Big Data | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Avoid the hype and get a solid basic understanding behind Big data in this brief article from business week.


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Scientists and bankers — a new model army

Scientists and bankers — a new model army | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

John Liechty writes in a column on the Nature website, "Everyone would benefit if bankers were to engage with scientists to build the infrastructure needed to price system-wide risk. Banks could get feedback about common holdings and trading strategies, which would allow them to adjust their behaviour and avoid following the herd. Regulators would have extra market information to help them to determine when to act to ensure stability. And the rest of us could have increased confidence in the financial system."

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[1204.5421] Epidemics on a stochastic model of temporal network

Contacts between individuals serve as pathways where infections may propagate. These contact patterns can be represented by network structures. Static structures have been the common modeling paradigm but recent results suggest that temporal structures play different roles to regulate the spread of infections or infection-like dynamics. On temporal networks a vertex is active only at certain moments and inactive otherwise such that a contact is not continuously available. Learn more....

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Technical Ramblings » Blog Archive » python SimpleHTTPServer + OpenLayers testing

Planet Geospatial: Technical Ramblings: python SimpleHTTPServer + OpenLayers testing: OpenLayers testing for new...
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Visualization of the Week: The living city - O'Reilly Radar

Visualization of the Week: The living city - O'Reilly Radar | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

We blogged about this last month - created by Interactive Things in Zurich for the City of Geneva and shown at the 2012 Lift conference, this week's O'Reilly radar's visualization of the week illustrates the digital traces left by people in geneva when they use  their mobile phones. Its awesome. Click on the image for the video..

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IBM Names 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners

IBM Names 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Thirty-three cities were selected as recipients of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge grants for 2012. The grant program provides cities with technology and services from the company’s experts to help address local issues. Each Smarter Cities Challenge grant is worth $400,000. Learn more...

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ClearStory making BigData Analytics accessible

ClearStory making BigData Analytics accessible | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

ClearStory’s front-end makes it possible for these corporate analysts — who lack the technical training of so-called data scientists who work in their IT departments — to get direct access to the data. Learn more...

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K8 Science

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Great resource for teachers, students (and parents of students :-) ) Developed by Baylor College of Medicine, K8 Science provides up-to-date teacher resources for biology educators. Site features include: a PowerPoint slide library, stream video presentations, news from Nature Publishing Group, and discussions.

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mBiosphere: Commentary: Black Queen Hypothesis sheds light on evolution of complexity

mBiosphere: Commentary: Black Queen Hypothesis sheds light on evolution of complexity | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

mBio is a great source for developments in biology. This week they have a good commentary on the Sachs and Hollowell Black Queen hypothesis which has implications for how we understand the evolution of bacterial genomes and for the development of new techniques for growing bacteria in the lab.  Learn More...

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2012 Research on Wireless Sensor Networks Market with 2022 Forecasts

IDTechEx forecasts growth of Wireless Sensor Market from $0.5 Billion to $2 Billion over next ten years.

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Roche looks to personal future

Roche looks to personal future | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, with over SFr9.5 billion ($10.35 billion) in profits for 2011, is looking to secure its future and betting on personalised medicine in the process.
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Amazon.com: Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals (9780262524797): Michael Batty: Books

Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals

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Mike Batty at CASA - leads some of the UK's most pioneering R&D in advanced spatial systems. This is a must read if you are interested in complex systems and city development.  Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals (9780262524797): Michael Batty: Books (Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Frac...)...


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PLoS ONE: Synthetic Biology: Mapping the Scientific Landscape

PLoS ONE: Synthetic Biology: Mapping the Scientific Landscape | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Good Overview of the field of synthetic biology.

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Decoding the organizing principles of economy

Decoding the organizing principles of economy | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
It sounds paradoxical, but today it appears that we understand more about the universe than our society...

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials.

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