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IBM officials partner with Boston, BU to grow ‘smarter city’ | The Daily Free Press

Boston University officials are partnering with executives from IBM and the city of Boston to promote better technologies for urban energy efficiency.

Officials hosted a series of panels on Wednesday titled “Smarter Cities: A Roadmap for the Future” at the BU Photonics Center, focusing on how technology is helping cities run more efficiently.

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Dubai is building the world's first temperature-controlled city | Verge

Dubai is building the world's first temperature-controlled city | Verge | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Dubai is set to become home to the first temperature-controlled city on the planet. The ambitious project is expected to feature a mall, an indoor family theme park, and a "network of temperature-controlled openable promenades" — all billed as "the world's largest." According to developer Dubai Holding, the 7 kilometer (4.35 mile) expanse of covered walkways will allow weeklong stays without the need for cars or exposure to Dubai's harsh desert climate, which averages 104 degrees Farenheit in the summer. ...

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How citizen scientists use the web to track the natural world | GreenBiz

How citizen scientists use the web to track the natural world | GreenBiz | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
7 ways volunteers and scientists are working together online to compile environmental data.
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Deployment of an EU Open Data core platform: implementation of the pan-European Open Data Portal and related services

SMART 2014/1072 - Deployment of an EU Open Data core platform: implementation of the pan-European Open Data Portal and related services - A Europe 2020 Initiative

 

The subject matter of the contract is

the deployment of a comprehensive Open Data core platform. Work will cover the setting-up, launch, operation and maintenance of a large-scale pan-European Open Data portal, allowing cross-border and cross-sectoral discovery of public data assets (open data), and featuring advanced visualisation capabilities;Services with a view of publishing additional public data resources by public administrations in EU Member
States, EEA countries and certain third countries on (open) data portals through training, workshops and
bilateral meetings;Services with a view of fostering uptake on commercial reuse of public data resources through conferences
and outreach activities and services relating to measuring impact and sustainability of open data (infrastructures). Services will include the preparation of analytical reports, a survey on economic indicators demonstrating the impact of publishing public data resources and a report on the sustainability of
(open) data portal infrastructures.
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Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab - All 10 talks on YouTube | iMAL

Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab - All 10 talks on YouTube | iMAL | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Symposium, masterclass & urban interventions! In the framework of the European project Connecting Cities : Participatory City 2014, iMAL organised an Urban Media Lab masterclass. To first enrich the thinking and open new perspectives, we ...

 

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Social Science in an Era of Corporate Big Data | Concurring Opinions

To what extent will academics study data driven firms like Facebook, and to what extent will they try to join forces with its own researchers to study others?

 

Present incentives are clear: collaborate with (rather than develop a critical theory of) big data firms.  As Zeynep Tufekci puts it, “the most valuable datasets have become corporate and proprietary [and] top journals love publishing from them.”  “Big data” has an aura of scientific validity simply because of the velocity, volume, and variety of the phenomena it encompasses. Psychologists certainly must have learned *something* from looking at over 600,000 accounts’ activity, right?

 

The problem, though is that the corporate “science” of manipulation is a far cry from academic science’s ethics of openness and reproducibility.*

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Smart City in India: How it can change the face of country | India Today

Smart City in India: How it can change the face of country | India Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Singapore has also offered help in Modi's dream project of building 100 smart cities along the key infrastructure projects such as Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor entailing setting up of seven Greenfield Smart Cities between Delhi and Mumbai with three Smart Cities at Dholera, Shendra-Bidkin and Global City to be built by 2019.
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Why the chips are up at Sunderland's Silicon Valley/Sunderland Software City | Guardian

Why the chips are up at Sunderland's Silicon Valley/Sunderland Software City | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The north-east's software sector is booming - and ambitions are lofty at a technology hub outside Sunderland. Dominic Smith reports.

 

Rainton Bridge is the base of an ever-increasing number of software start-ups, and the business of a set of enterprising Sunderland brothers who rode the dotcom boom at the turn of the century, starting the process which has helped to make Sunderland one of the fastest-growing software hubs outside London.

 

New research last week revealed that the north-east ICT sector now employs over 32,000 people, with 1,500 new jobs created this year. Sunderland Software City (SSC), a partnership between the public and private sector and the University of Sunderland, has ambitions for the north-east to be home to 2,200 software companies by 2020, contributing over £1bn to the regional economy, double the UK annual growth rate.

 

In Sunderland itself, SSC has supported over 300 software businesses since it began operating in 2009, and helped 150 start-ups. ...

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Chicgo: City of Big Data Makes the Invisible, Visible | Architectural Record

Chicgo: City of Big Data Makes the Invisible, Visible | Architectural Record | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

For the exhibition Chicago: City of Big Data, CAF turned its centerpiece Chicago Model—a 320-square-foot resin replica of the city’s downtown, updated annually to reflect additions and subtractions—into an interpretive piece through which to “view” the city’s data. Encompassing everything from tweets to demographics to air quality, so-called big data is increasingly employed by city governments, developers, and designers to create smarter infrastructure that better integrates the urban environment with its populace. ...

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Smart cities: Putting big data to work for ordinary citizens | Waterloo Stories

Smart cities: Putting big data to work for ordinary citizens | Waterloo Stories | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Beth Coleman thinks the awesome power of big data should be used to create great cities - not just to get an upgrade on your morning latte for liking a coffee shop on Facebook.

 

“Big data has been going on in industry for more than a decade and we’ve been volunteering this information as social media users. But if we are in the age of data we need to work harder to make it available and valuable to ordinary people,” says Coleman, professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and director of a new research lab at the University of Waterloo called City as Platform. ...

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Electronics City to nurture Smart cities - testbed urbanism | The Asian Age

Electronics City to nurture Smart cities - testbed urbanism | The Asian Age | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

By the end of the year, if you are driving into Bengaluru’s Electronics City, you could be witness to the beginnings of a ‘Smart City’, one in which, for instance, as you move into the 900-acre campus, you will know exactly where the nearest available parking spot is just as you approach your destination building.

 

In what could be a game-changer for urban services in Indian cities, networking giant Cisco, the Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA), and the Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) have joined hands to develop Asia’s first ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) Innovation Hub and a 5-kilometre test-bed inside Electronic City where dozens of start-ups, building on top of Cisco’s network infrastructure and expertise, will design, produce and deploy the technologies, devices and applications for a ‘Smart City’. ...

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Ericsson unveils crowdsourcing platform to encourage cities to get networked | The Drum

Ericsson unveils crowdsourcing platform to encourage cities to get networked | The Drum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has launched a crowdsourcing platform to map ICT-related initiatives in cities in Northern...
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Boston Big Data By the Numbers

Boston Big Data By the Numbers | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

485 companies participate in Massachusetts’ Big Data ecosystem, ranging from budding startups to established corporations. Not only is the Big Data scene massive, but it is also diverse. Local companies offer a vast suite of Big Data services from analysis tools to storage and other hardware. Data analysis software and data management software companies comprise over half of the Big Data ecosystem, but the vast majority, 67 percent, create industry-specific data applications serving a multitude of industries. The highest targeted vertical is marketing and advertising followed by healthcare; but life sciences, financial services, energy, and numerous other sectors also rely heavily on Big Data and local service providers.

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Boston: There’s an App for That - civic hacking and transformation of local gov | Politico

Boston: There’s an App for That - civic hacking and transformation of local gov | Politico | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Now comes the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a scrappy five-person team charged with making Boston better through clever, low-cost hacks. They’re talking makeover. Not the gazillions-of-dollars kind. Something a lot cheaper. But still: a makeover. Finally. ...

 

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Emergency phone and internet data laws to be passed in UK | BBC News

Emergency phone and internet data laws to be passed in UK | BBC News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

An emergency law to ensure police and security services can continue to access people's phone and internet records is expected to be approved at a special cabinet meeting later.

David Cameron says the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill is needed to fight "criminals and terrorists".

But civil liberties groups say it infringes the right to privacy and sets a dangerous precedent.

It comes after the European Court of Justice struck down existing powers.....

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Smart City terms and conditions diluted, says CAG report | New indian Express

Smart City terms and conditions diluted, says CAG report | New indian Express | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

KOCHI: The terms and conditions with respect to the Smart City project was diluted, which will affect generation of employment opportunities, according to the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. ....

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Moving Beyond the ‘Smart City’ Paradigm

Moving Beyond the ‘Smart City’ Paradigm | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
by Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director, New Cities Foundation

The dominant prism through which we have looked at the inevitable and growing relationship between technology and our cities has long
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Smart City: New thinking new ideas - Part I - The Guerilla Citizen

Smart City: New thinking new ideas - Part I - The Guerilla Citizen | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Shortly to be let loose in the real world is city traffic management artificial intelligence. These systems are currently in beta. They take a plethora of data from moving cars, cyclists, pedestrians, public transport, road side cameras and watch all intersections from multiple perspectives as traffic (being people, cyclists, cars, and others) enter and leave the area. It can even identify cars that are likely to start traffic jams, i.e. driving too slow. All that data is then applied in a city-wide context to automate the flow of traffic. ...

 

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Google study of 26 million builds: Top reasons why code won't compile | VentureBeat

Google study of 26 million builds: Top reasons why code won't compile | VentureBeat | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A major empirical study of programming errors concludes that typographical errors loom large in failed software builds created by experienced programmers. Produced over a period of several months, , the published study looked at data from over 26 million builds by Google programmers working in the Java and C++ programming languages.

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This Small Company is Connecting Big Cities to the Internet of Things | Motley Fool

This Small Company is Connecting Big Cities to the Internet of Things | Motley Fool | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Sierra Wireless is expanding its wireless module connections into smart cities.  Sierra Wireless will provide the wireless connection modules for the company's CityTouch light management service. Cities around the world are upgrading outdated systems like waste management, parking, and lighting by hooking them into the Internet in order to manage them more efficiently. ...

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Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company - big data and farming | Bloomberg

Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company - big data and farming | Bloomberg | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

What's the genetically modified seed factory up to? Making high-tech plans to feed a growing world.

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Which is why Spears is in his tractor at two in the morning the first Monday in May, moving at 8 miles per hour through a halogen-lit haze of stirred-up topsoil. On the 60-foot planter behind him, a $47,000 sensor array helps deposit each corn kernel at a depth of 2 inches, no matter how hard or soft the soil. A computer in the cab calculates the fertility of different parts of the field and adjusts the planter accordingly. The seeds themselves are a new hybrid with a candy-green coating containing insecticides and fungicides. DNA inserted into the seeds produces a protein that kills pests such as corn borers, earworms, and rootworms. Other spliced-in genes confer immunity to the weed killers Spears uses, greatly simplifying his spraying schedule ....

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How Welcoming Will the Smart Home of the Future Be? | MIT Technology Review

Imagine a dishwasher that requires a username and password. Smart homes will require unprecedented effort to ensure not just security but also usability.

 

The battle between Google and Apple is moving from smart phones to smart things, with both companies vying to provide the underlying architecture that networks your appliances, utilities, and entertainment equipment. Earlier in June, at its annual developer conference, Apple announced HomeKit, a new software framework for communications between home devices and Apple’s devices. Meanwhile, Nest, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke alarms that was bought by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion, recently launched a similar endeavor with software that lets developers build apps for its products and those from several other companies. ...

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Video: Data science, big data, and statistics – all together now | Flowing Data

Video: Data science, big data, and statistics – all together now | Flowing Data | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Terry Speed, a emeritus professor in statistics at University of California at Berkeley, gave an excellent talk on how statisticians can play nice with big data and data science. Usually these talks go in the direction of saying data science is statistics. This one is more on the useful, non-snarky side.

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The difference between data and wisdom: Smart cities have a lot to learn | TheCityFix

The difference between data and wisdom: Smart cities have a lot to learn | TheCityFix | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

This article reports on presentations made by Philip Yang, President, URBEM (Urbanism and Urban Studies Institute for the city of Sao Paulo), Jianming Cai, Professor at the Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Alexandros Washburn Founding Director, Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban eXcellence (CRUX) at Stevens Institute of Technology at a panel organized by the Wilson Center.

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EU Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data | EU Press Release

EU Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data | EU Press Release | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon; in response to industry and grassroots demands the European Commission is today calling on national governments to wake-up to this “big data” revolution.

 

Vice President @NeelieKroesEU said "It’s about time we focus on the positive aspects of big data. Big data sounds negative and scary, and for the most part it isn’t. Leaders need to embrace big data.” ...

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Predictive analytics in the city | The Programmable City

  Predictive analytics is a way of responding to and taking advantage of historical and emerging, large datasets by using “a variety of statistical, modeling, data mining, and machine learning techniques … to to make predictions about the future”. One of the advantages of drawing predictions from big data, according to the vision of social physics, is that

 

You can write down equations that predict what people will do. That’s the huge change. So I have been running the big data conversation … It’s about the fact that you can now understand customers, employees, how we organise, in a quantitative, predictive way for the first time.

 

Predictive analytics is fervently discussed in the business world, if not fully taken up, and increasingly by public services, governments or medical practices to exploit the value hidden in the public archive or even in social media. In New York for example, there is a geek squad to Mayor’s office, seeking to uncover deep and detailed relationships between the people living there and the government, and at the same time realising “how insanely complicated this city is”. In there, an intriguing question remains as to the effectiveness of predictive analytics, the extent to which it can support and facilitate urban life and the consequences to the cities that are immersed in a deep sea of data, predictions and humans. ...

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