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reflections on the intersections of contemporary art and digital culture
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Cartograms with d3 & TopoJSON

Cartograms with d3 & TopoJSON | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
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cartogram.js is a JavaScript implementation of an algoritm to construct continuous area cartograms, by James A. Dougenik, Nicholas R. Chrisman and Duane R. Niemeyer, ©1985 by the Association of American Geographers. 

This example combines TopoJSON-encoded boundaries of the United States from Natural Earth with 2011 US Census population estimates to size each state proportionally.

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The Secret World | Funcom

The Secret World | Funcom | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online game of myths, legends and conspiracies, starts December 21st.
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Soviet Infographics

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Soviet Infographics (via Seher Shah)...
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Turner prize awarded to Elizabeth Price for 'seductive' video work

Turner prize awarded to Elizabeth Price for 'seductive' video work | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
Bradford-born artist receives £25,000 prize from actor Jude Law at Tate Britain reception...
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Wither Urban Studies

Andy Merrifield, Edward Soja and Maria Kaika debate on 'Wither urban studies' at the University of Manchester (16/11/2012)...
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100 Fascinating Social Media Statistics and Figures From 2012

100 Fascinating Social Media Statistics and Figures From 2012 | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it

With Pinterest expanding its features for businesses, Instagram launching a Web version and Facebook continually expanding its advertising options, now is as good a time as ever to bolster your social media presence for the future.

 

Before doing so, it's important to understand the data behind each social channel to gain insights into what works and what doesn't with your audience.

 

Here are 100 of the most fascinating social media statistics and figures from 2012 that can help you better understand Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus for the coming year.


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Book | Cybernetic Revolutionaries

Book | Cybernetic Revolutionaries | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
In Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Eden Medina tells the history of two intersecting utopian visions, one political and one technological. The first was Chile’s experiment with peaceful socialist change under Salvador Allende; the second was the simultaneous attempt to build a computer system that would manage Chile’s economy. Neither vision was fully realized—Allende’s government ended with a violent military coup; the system, known as Project Cybersyn, was never completely implemented—but they hold lessons for today about the relationship between technology and politics.
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Open Data at the UNDP

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The UNDP just launched open.undp.org. The site details information on their 6,000+ projects in 177 countries and territories worldwide and lets you search and browse by location, funding source, and focus areas.


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Stafford Beer's Cybersyn/Cybernetic Synergy Project

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In 1971, an innovative system of cybernetic information management and transfer began developing in Chile during the government of President Salvador Allende; the CYBERSYN project, cybernetic synergy or SYNCO, information and control system.

 

In Chilean State owned companies a system for capturing, processing and presenting economic information to be managed in “quasi” real time, becoming an absolute pioneer in the application of a cybernetic model in mass socio-economic contexts, and based on a convergence of science, technology, politics and cybernetics. The economic system of the Allende Government, after annexing and nationalising diverse State companies, was faced with the necessity to coordinate information regarding state companies and those that had been recently nationalised, so it required the creation of a dynamic and flexible system for a proper management of the companies.

 

In 1970 Fernando Flores was appointed Technical Director General of CORFO (Production Development Corporation of Chile), and was responsible for the management and coordination between nationalised companies and the State. He had known the theories and solutions proposed by Britain’s Stafford Beer since he was an engineering student, and subsequently in the course of his professional relationship with SIGMA, the Beer consultancy firm. He and Raúl Espejo, who also worked at CORFO, wrote to Stafford Beer inviting him to implement VSM (the Viable System Model) in Chile, which had been developed in Beer’s “THE BRAIN OF THE FIRM” (1967 – PP). Beer accepted immediately, and the project entered its development stage in 1971.

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Final week of 'and whenabouts in the name of space' exhibition

Final week of 'and whenabouts in the name of space' exhibition | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
This is the final week of my exhibition at the Victoria H Myhren gallery at the University of Denver, get to see it if you have a chance!
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Internet of Everything: It’s the Connections that Matter

Internet of Everything: It’s the Connections that Matter | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
It is important to understand that the real value of the Internet of Everything (IoE) lies in both the number and value of connections.
To illustrate this point, consider the following scenario. When your car becomes connected to the Internet of Everything in the near future, it will simply increase the number of things on the Internet by 1..
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 4, 2012 4:05 AM

Important for librarians to consider as well!

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Building Facade Plays Music When It Rains

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The facade of a building in Dresden that responds to rain, Designed by architect Heike Böttcher in 1999 for Dresden’s Kunsthof Passage farm collective, the so-called ‘Court of Water’ features an installation of funnels and tubes that creates music during rainfall
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Twine on Sale

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Twine the kickstarter-funded internet of things device to connect your dumb devices to the internet has gone on sale

-- Twine is the simplest way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing. Focus on your idea instead of installation or technical stuff. A durable 2.7" square provides WiFi, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that last for months. A simple web app lets you give Twine human-friendly rules — no programming needed
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Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

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Augmented reality contact lenses under development from a company that is already working with DARPA for battlefield AR contacts
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Natural Earth

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Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.

Natural Earth was built through a collaboration of many volunteers and is supported by NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society), and is free for use in any type of project
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Researchers mine 2.5M news articles to prove what we already know

Researchers mine 2.5M news articles to prove what we already know | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
A group of British researchers recently analyzed 2.5 million newspaper articles in order to prove that new data analysis techniques, such as machine learning and natural-language processing, can accurately classify media content.

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Street Artist Behind NYC Drone Posters Arrested

Street Artist Behind NYC Drone Posters Arrested | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
The New York Daily News reports that Essam Attia, the street artist behind the spy-drone PSA posters that popped up around the city last summer, has been arrested by the New York Police Department.
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Kenyan Filmmaker using 'Pirates' As His Distributors

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Patrick Mureithi, a Kenyan filmmaker, is hoping to show his documentary on post-election violence and rebuilding in his home country, and is raising travel funds via Indiegogo. Most of this $5,000 will go directly to travel expenses, as Mureithi is counting on some of his countrymen to handle the rest.


"I need to raise at least $5,000 for airfare, meals and transportation. Airfare is $2,000, transportation and meals another $2,000, and $1,000 is for miscellaneous expenses. My hope is to show the film on national television, and also to distribute it at minimum cost via the DVD piracy industry. Anything extra that I raise will go towards venue and equipment rental so that I can host public awareness forums"

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Interview with Gustav Metzger

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Interview with the great Gustav Metzger on the occassion of his new exhibition

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FEMA data mapping

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FEMA have a great mapping utility which lets you map an extensive selection of their data over a variety of basemaps

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