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The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows

The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Traditionally, cities have been viewed as the sum of their locations – the buildings, monuments, squares and parks that spring to mind when we think of ‘New York’, ‘London’ or ‘Paris’. In The new science of cities (Amazon US| Amazon UK), Michael Batty argues that a more productive approach is to think of cities in terms of …

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And there you have it.

 

The blue prints for understanding empirically a city, a society, a nation.

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luiy's curator insight, March 23, 2014 8:16 AM

Cities and network analysis.

 

Viewing cities as networks allows us to use the toolbox of network analysis on them, employing concepts such as ‘cores’ and ‘peripheries’, ‘centrality’, and ‘modules’. Batty says that an understanding of how different types of network intersect will be the key that really unlocks our understanding of cities.

 

Cities, like many other types of network, also seem to be modular, hierarchical, and scale-free – in other words, they show similar patterns at different scales. It’s often said that London is a series of villages, with their own centres and peripheries. but the pattern also repeats when you zoom out and look at the relationships between cities. One can see this in the way that London’s influence really extends across Europe, and in the way that linked series of cities, or ‘megalopolises‘, are growing in places such as the eastern seaboard of the US, Japan’s ‘Taiheiyō Belt‘, or the Pearl River Delta in China.

sandra alvaro's curator insight, March 24, 2014 8:48 AM

Flows are not just the connectors between these important locations. Rather, the locations become important because – at least in part – they’re at the intersections.

Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:24 AM

By the way, geographs knew this a long time ago.

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Study maps Twitter’s information ecosystem

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New research outlines the six types of communities on the social network and what that means for communication

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Indeed, we each live in our own world, not in the real world per se.

 

Some, however, have a more accurate understanding of the real world and are willing to acknowledge their shortcomings.

 

The others, who are less inclined to explore and are more focused on their own self-production, just happen to be known as conservative in our culture.  Hence, they area always hindered from perceiving the real world in the strictest of senses, and are not likely to change in light of new information received from the outside world.

 

Non-adapting humans will equal a dead and dying species.  It's a shame, though, that we can be dragged down by them for our lack of effective effort and action.

 

Sad.

 

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luiy's curator insight, February 22, 2014 7:39 AM

Fil Menczer, a professor at the University of Indiana Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing, has researched the potential applications of this type of analysis for years. Menczer’s research touches on every aspect of Twitter’s role as a mirror for human communities, like examining the relationship between social data and the stock market, the spread of infectious diseases and how political campaigns manipulate data to spread misleading information. In a 2012 paper on the spread of memes on Twitter, Menczer and his team sought to demystify how information spreads on unrelated topics, yielding similar network structures to those uncovered by Pew.

 

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One of the major lessons of network analysis, both Pew and Menczer emphasize, is that the Twitter commons hasn’t necessarily made society as democratic as techno-utopians would have you believe. Twitter isn’t a wide-open space, free of boundaries or obstacles: It’s a "mirror," as Menczer says, for the social structures of the real world.

“One of the presumptions about the rise of social media is that it’s changed everything,” says Himelboim. “In fact, if you look at the broadcast networks and brand clusters (two archetypes described by Pew), big, important and powerful institutions that wield tremendous influence offline still do on the Internet. This is really a reality check against those louder voices who claim the world has somehow been transformed."

 

“It makes you wonder about polarization in political discourse: Is this something that social media is responsible for?” asks Menczer. “Is more polarization easier because of social media, or are we observing what was already there with new technology? Or, even simpler: Would our discourse be better if Twitter and Facebook just didn’t exist?” 

 

 

António F Fonseca's curator insight, March 1, 2014 7:59 AM

What community do you belong to?

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, March 3, 2014 2:44 AM

"The topographical "maps" of these communities, generated by Pew using the data visualization tool NodeXL, aren’t just maps of relationships. They represent the channels of information in Twitter’s vast ecosystem, the roads and throughways, stoops and street corners in each topical neighborhood where users congregate and swap news and anecdotes."