This is a phenomenal podcast on the essential role of habits and how we can drill down to the foundation of our habits and, using micro-initiatives, make small incremental adjustments to reap greater rewards. What is very interesting is the fact that habits follow one or more of five basic needs. This short 15min audio could be a game changer for leaders, managers, and everyone in between!
This is an interesting insight into the practice of politics - "when it's not raining, no one runs for the umberella." Although the author shares a sideways indictment of the administrations focus, some of the points made seem justified...and unfortunately valid.
"So congrats you've got your new iPad and can't wait to start using it. I know excitement and curiosity to discover newly bought things particularly electronic gadgets makes us want to learn everything about them quickly. Unfortunately it does take a little time and practice ( usability) to get yourself pretty familiar with your iPad. My advice is to start with some " how to " video tutorials " available on YouTube and get yourself acquainted with the different specs in your iPad. Now comes the second task which is that of searching for and selecting the apps to install. I compiled the list below featuring some of the fundamental apps you should start with."
About the author: Lieutenant Chris Hsiung is assigned to Special Operations and is the social media manager in charge of strategy, community engagement and growth through the police department social media channels.
“As problem-oriented policing has evolved over the last two decades, it has emphasized evaluation of problems and the importance of solid analysis, development of pragmatic responses to the problem, and the need to ...
I have blogged about this before (the Society of Evidence Based Policing) but I felt moved to blog again because I think some people are using the phrase 'evidence based practice' unwisely (I say generously).
This tutorial shows you how easy it is to add BibTeX and PubMed XML reference information to your PDFs in your Qiqqa Library. You can then export these records to LaTeX, LyX or Microsoft Word 2007 when it's time to write up!
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.
The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.
I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.
Bill Bratton, who pioneered the crime-fighting techniques that helped make New York the nation’s safest big city as its top cop two decades ago, will return to his old job under incoming mayor Bill de Blasio.
Without question, social media is a vital component to the law enforcement mission. Is your agency leveraging the power and influence of social media, or is it still limiting itself to traditional summaries with dated information? Consider taking a page from the MVPD and "bend technology to your will."
I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.
Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.
Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.
I'm a bit late catching up on this, but Mario Inchosa (Revolution Analytics US Chief Scientist) gave a standing-room-only talk on high-performance predictive analytics in R and Hadoop at last month's Hadoop Summit. In the talk, he described some of the progress we've made integrating the ScaleR parallel external-memory algorithms into the Hadoop platform.
Software predicts the areas at greater risk of crime - to increase police patrols and prevent a criminal act.
Want to catch a criminal? Prevent a crime? Technology may help - by predicting where crimes might occur.
A police officer glances at a screen displaying a city map - and one area suddenly starts flashing red.
Seconds later, the department receives data about an assault that is likely to happen there in the next few hours.
Patrols get deployed - just in time to stop the crime from happening. No-one gets hurt.
It might sound like a scenario straight out of the science-fiction film Minority Report, but predictive analytics technology to fight crime already exists
Researchers are working on software that tries to determine which city areas are prone to crime.
The computer program analyses police activities, aggregating huge amounts of information, from past and present crime records to real-time data from police patrols.
It then dots a city map with zones where an offence is likely to occur, even detailing the possible nature of future crimes.
There have been a number of predictive crime mapping pilot projects in Britain and the United States, and chief constable Mike Barton from the UK Association of Chief Police Officers calls them "the next generation of intelligence-led policing".
"[Such] technology can help us to anticipate where crime will occur, and in particular, where it is displaced as a result of police activity," he says.
"This has clear benefits when it comes to directing resources effectively and in reducing repeat victimisation."
One predictive analytics developer is electronics giant IBM.
At a recent conference at the company's lab near Winchester in the UK, the firm suggested that over the past seven years its technology had helped reduce crime in Memphis, Tennessee, by more than 30%.
"The software helps police to recognise patterns and determine a city's criminal 'hotspots' - to then patrol them more than others, deploy traffic enforcement and launch targeted operations," says IBM's Ron Fellows.
Besides Memphis, the technology is also being used in several other cities in the UK and US.
Another company working on predictive analytics is start-up PredPol, based in Los Angeles, California.
Its software has been tested by the Los Angeles Police Department since 2011. Again, the firm claims impressive results.
UK privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch welcomes the predictive analytics technology.
"This kind of approach, using crime data and pursuing the 'broken windows' strategy, is far more effective at reducing crime and improving public safety... than the Home Office's current proposal to trawl everyone's communications and hope you get lucky," says Nick Pickles, the organisation's director.
"Sadly in Britain we've spent hundreds of millions of pounds on CCTV cameras despite the evidence showing it is a largely ineffective way of cutting crime and in too many towns there are cameras on every corner but people rarely see a police officer."
The surveillance of ‘prolific’ offenders: Beyond ‘docile bodies’
Michael McCahill and Rachel L Finn
This article uses ethnographic research to explore how a sample of state-defined ‘prolific’ offenders living in Northern City (a small city in the North of England) experience and respond to a surveillance regime which includes ‘appointments’, ‘tracking’, ‘interviews’, ‘drug testing’, ‘electronic monitoring’, ‘home visits’ and ‘intelligence-led policing’. While some writers have argued that the experience of ‘house arrest’ and electronic monitoring is consistent with ‘disciplinary power’ and the ‘self-governing capabilities’ identified by Foucault, our article interweaves surveillance theory with the work of Pierre Bourdieu to argue that the ‘surveilled’ are a group of creative ‘social actors’ who may negotiate, modify, evade or contest surveillance practices.
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