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How to Ensure Authenticity in Big Data | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

How to Ensure Authenticity in Big Data | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big data is literally everywhere. It’s in the cloud and under the cloud, at rest and on the move, and growing at a mind-boggling rate. IBM, a leader in big data analytics, has estimated that organizations create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day — and that 90 percent of the data in the world has been created in the last two years alone.

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Big Data and the Holy Grail of Museum Metrics | Center for the Future of Museums

Can big data transform museums? Data mining can certainly be useful to individual museums--I’m chairing a session on that topic on Monday, May 19, 1:45 pm at the upcoming Alliance conference in May. Data on a museum’s visitors linked to US Census data via zip code can generate reams of illuminating demographic information. Tracking patrons’ use of museum space and amenities can suggest efficiencies of staffing and services. But I’m even more interested in the potential payoff of big data for the museum field as a whole. ...

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Open data: slow down | The Guardian

Editorial: Whitehall's approach has the subtlety of a smash-and-grab-raider and it must take its own advice on best practice

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The Limits of Big Data and social engineering | MIT Technology Review

The Limits of Big Data and social engineering | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.
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To Capture Infinity in a Bottle: The Digital Humanities and Cultural Criticism | New Savanna

The only way the digital humanities are going to develop a cultural analytics that is sui generis is by thinking about the nature of computation itself in relation to human minds, as embodied in human brains, and as developing though interaction with other minds through various media and in groups of varying size and social structure. Otherwise the digital humanities will have no choice by to borrow its cultural concepts from other discourses, as it is now doing. ...

 
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"Re-purposing" data in the Digital Humanities: Data beg to be taken from one context and transferred to another | LSE Blog

"Re-purposing" data in the Digital Humanities: Data beg to be taken from one context and transferred to another | LSE Blog | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

While scientists may be well-versed in drawing on existing data sources for new research, humanists are not conditioned to chop up another scholar’s argument, isolate a detail and put it into an unrelated argument. Seth Long critically examines the practice of re-purposing data and finds data in the digital humanities beg to be re-purposed, taken from one context and transferred to another, opening up a wealth of opportunities for research. However, it is still necessary to analyze critically the research from which data are taken and, more importantly, the methods used to obtain them....

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'Smarter' Cities in North Africa | Huff Post

'Smarter' Cities in North Africa | Huff Post | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works....
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Big Data Dystopia: Kenneth Cukier at TEDxWarwick 2014 - YouTube

Kenneth Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Tokyo correspondent, and before that, the paper's technology correspondent i...
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How the Internet of Things makes cities smart | TechRadar

How the Internet of Things makes cities smart | TechRadar | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Small things are getting smart - and they're making things as big as a city smart too.

 

The recent flood of wearables is a step towards a smarter world, but smartwatches only measure you and they're not that small or smart yet.

 

The Internet of Things is a lot smaller and smarter.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is made from thousands of tiny sensors that will measure everything from temperature and humidity to how far a wall has moved in an earthquake. It can tell whether a dose of vaccine has ever exceeded the recommended temperature and therefore if it is still viable.

 

It can measure the performance of individual components in a jet, and tell you if luggage, children, pets and even seals are where they're supposed to be. In short, it has a lot more applications than a smartwatch. ...

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The Language of Smart Cities - IEEE Spectrum

The Language of Smart Cities - IEEE Spectrum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In a previous column, I ran through some words and phrases associated with urban computing, where the city is a computer, the streetscape is the interface, you are the cursor, and your smartphone is the input device. This is the user-based, bottom-up version of the city-as-computer idea, but there’s also a top-down version, which is systems-based. It looks at urban systems such as transit, garbage, and water and wonders whether the city could be more efficient and better organized if these systems were “smart.” That is, if we applied principles of information technology and connectivity to the various processes that make up the urban infrastructure, we would end up with a smart city. ...

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Hollywood-style, wide area surveillance technology inches closer to reality | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Hollywood-style, wide area surveillance technology inches closer to reality | The Center for Investigative Reporting | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
CIR and KQED take an inside look at the emerging technologies that could revolutionize policing – and how intrusively the public is monitored by the government.
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What the explosion of open data means for real estate | Inman News

What the explosion of open data means for real estate | Inman News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Whether it's info on schools and crime, mortgage data, zoning permits, smog, traffic, noise, flood data or weather, "If there's data out there associated with the home, we want it," says Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff.
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Boston: the tale of two open data policies

Boston: the tale of two open data policies | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Boston's Open Data Portal, https://data.cityofboston.gov/ Open data policies have been popping up around the country quickly lately, but the 24-hour turnaround in Boston Monday was shockingly fast. Wait, it was two different policies! Boston Councilor Michelle Wu filed an open data draft ordinance the morning of April 7, 2014, to ...
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This Former Mozilla Engineer Turned London Into SimCity, With Real Data | Co.Labs

This Former Mozilla Engineer Turned London Into SimCity, With Real Data | Co.Labs | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A London startup aims to make big data accessible by all by turning the world into SimCity.
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April 25 | Software Studies Retrospective with Matthew Fuller, Lev Manovich, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Please join us for the final event in this year's PROGRAM lecture series, which will be a conversation between Matthew Fuller, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, and Lev Manovich on the history and futures of Software Studies ...

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Urban Big Data Centre | Univ of Glasgow

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) in the University of Glasgow is a unique UK ESRC-funded research centre to address social, economic and environmental challenges facing cities. UBDC brings interdisciplinary expertise of urban social scientists and data scientists from University of Glasgow and five partner universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Reading, Bristol and Illinois-Chicago to seek solutions in addressing such challenges. ....

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Social data as a business is dead. Long live big data services- Fortune Tech

Social data as a business is dead. Long live big data services- Fortune Tech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Recent acquisitions by Twitter and Apple are changing the game for big data startups focused on social media.

 

Yesterday morning, Twitter (TWTR) announced it had acquired Gnip, a company which packages, filters, and sells data from social media streams. The deal raised questions about the hot category of "big data" for social media, particularly for a startup called Datasift, which has raised $71.7 million million in funding from a long listof prominent venture capital firms.

 

Aside from a Japanese company called NTT Data, Datasift is the sole independent reseller of Twitter's "full firehose" of data. The others have been acquired -- Topsy by Apple (AAPL) in December, and now Gnip by Twitter itself.

 

Now that Twitter owns Gnip, it has no motivation to continue licensing its data to Datasift, a Gnip competitor. ....

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India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start? | Guardian

India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Ayona Datta: Twice the size of Mumbai, the "smart city" of Dholera is one of dozens of new cities planned in India – but will it just end in more urban chaos?

 

Imagine yourself in an Indian city where every home is connected to internet, gas, water and electricity via a smart grid. All citizens are linked to each other and to civic facilities in real time. The city uses renewable energy and its transport systems are controlled via central command centres to reduce traffic and pollution. In this city, there are no offensive smells, no noise, no dust, no heaving crowds. It is a smart city, the ideal city.

 

And it exists: on paper. Its name is Dholera, and it is a key part of what you might call India’s 21st-century utopian urban experiment. ...

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How Acxiom Ties Online Ads to Your in-Store Purchases - Digits - WSJ

How Acxiom Ties Online Ads to Your in-Store Purchases - Digits - WSJ | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Google is working with data companies including Acxiom and Epsilon to measure whether its online search ads spur sales in physical stores.
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NYU to bring Big Data to big development in Manhattan - am New York

NYU to bring Big Data to big development in Manhattan - am New  York | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Residents of the new West Side development will be involved in a data collection plan.

 

NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is teaming up with Hudson Yards developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group to collect data on day-to-day life, the groups announced Monday.

 

The data program at Hudson Yards is being billed as the "first quantified community" and, according to Related senior vice president Joanna Rose, part of a strategy to "create tomorrow's city, today."

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Why smart grids are key to managing urban energy consumption - Cities Today

Why smart grids are key to managing urban energy consumption - Cities Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Jonathan Ballantine highlights the role energy management plays in empowering the smarter city
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Big Data and Social Physics: Sandy Pentland | edX | MITx

Big Data and Social Physics Understanding big data, how to use it to improve companies, cities, and government, and best-practice for privacy. Register for B...
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The Data Economy : Microsoft’s cautious Big Data vision | SiliconANGLE

The Data Economy : Microsoft’s cautious Big Data vision | SiliconANGLE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off this morning’s Microsoft Big Data event in San Francisco with talk of “ambient intelligence,” the need for a data culture in the enterprise, and something called the data dividend. ...

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The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades | Motherboard

The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades | Motherboard | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

While the majority of Heartbleed holes will be plugged quickly, many devices aren't capable of being fixed.

 

The internet is still reeling from the Heartbleed bug discovered this week, which ripped a hole in the popular OpenSSL encryption library that left web servers bleeding out buckets of data—and not just any data, the kind of data people had specifically taken pains to protect: private information, passwords, cryptographic keys, security certificates, and so on.

 

But with all eyes trained on the huge swatch of the web that was found vulnerable to the nasty bug, let's not forget that thousands of network-connected devices, the nascent Internet of Things, are also embedded with OpenSSL. And unlike the Yahoos and Googles, which have already upgraded to the fixed version of OpenSSL, the infrastructure of the web is even less secure. It will be significantly harder to stop the bleeding in hardware devices, experts say, and in many cases will never be patched at all. ...

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Open Data 500: Proof that open data fuels economic activity

Open Data 500: Proof that open data fuels economic activity | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Open Data 500 study is an index of US companies using open government data to generate business and develop products. 

 

I've been trying to make dollars and sense of the open data economy for years. Does releasing data result in a more transparent healthcare marketplace? What business models for open data work? Will publishing open climate data increase community resilience? Will releasing more open government data make better laws and result in more accountable governments, improvements to public services, or trillions of dollars of additional economic activity, as McKinsey & Company projected in October 2013? ...

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Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog

Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

My concerns are not about the new logo or name. I understand (all too well) the way that having ‘Foundation’ in a non-profits name can mean different things in different contexts (not least people expecting you to have an endowment and funds to distribute), and so the move to Open Knowledge as a name has a good rationale. Rather, I wanted to raise four concerns ...

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