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Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities | Guardian

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Urbanisation makes cities a main focus for environmental policy. Digital technology and innovation will enable a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption
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"To cope with this continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption."

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Open data, swarms of sustainable apps to make cities smart hives | Green Flow

Open data, swarms of sustainable apps to make cities smart hives | Green Flow | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The amazing growth of sharing apps promises to mark the spring of 2014 as the beginning of a new era demonstrating the power of the swarm. Just as the summer of 1998 marked the beginning of the mainstream Dot Com era and the spring of 2008 saw the advent of global social media, the April IPO of Opower marks a new digital-physical era, the collaborative economy.

 

The collaborative economy will make cities more convenient, less costly and more sustainable. To provide a mental model of this new world, think of cities as hives for “swarms” of physical activities optimized by, or made possible through open urban data schemes. Earlier this month, I presented this concept in Vienna (ranked as one of Europe’s top smart cities) at IconVienna, a Central European investment forum on smart cities and innovation. ....

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Europe Remains Ahead of U.S. in Creating Smart Cities | NY Times

Europe Remains Ahead of U.S. in Creating Smart Cities | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Despite being hard hit by the financial crisis, European cities remain ahead of their counterparts in the United States in adopting new technology aimed at improving services.
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Will Smart Cities Combat the Zombie Apocalypse? | 1776

Will Smart Cities Combat the Zombie Apocalypse? | 1776 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart cities have leveraged technology to accomplish a great range of things in the 21st century—from making it easy to find a parking spot, to using predictive analysis to better aallocate police resources. There is little that new Internet connectivity and data analysis technologies can’t conquer for municipal governments. With that in mind, what about…zombies?

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Getting Smarter About Smart Cities | Brookings

Getting Smarter About Smart Cities | Brookings | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Over the last five years, the concept of the technology-driven “smart city” has captured the imagination of public, private, and nonprofit leaders alike. Yet for the rapid rise in interest, smart city implementation has failed to meet both private sector ambitions and public sector expectations. Robert Puentes and Adie Tomer argue that smart cities will only come about with smart policy guidance and provide a framework to achieve their promise.
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Dashed Dreams of an Eco-City: The Failure of Dongtan Eco-City on Chongming Island, China

Dashed Dreams of an Eco-City: The Failure of Dongtan Eco-City on Chongming Island, China | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What was supposed to have been a perfect model of eco-design has come up rather short as plans for Dongtan, an eco-city on Chongming Island, have since disappeared. Located just 25km from Shanghai,...

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Merging cloud, big data and smart cities | China Daily

http://www.ecns.cn/business/2014/04-21/110369.shtml

 

China Broadband Capital recently set up a cloud computing data center in Shenzhen.

 

"Data is the most valuable asset in the 21st century. We can build a long industry chain based on data-related businesses such as analytics, information security and statistics exchange," Tian said during the opening of the Shenzhen data center on March 30, which was built in less than six months.

 

Data centers are the fundamental hardware infrastructure for cloud computing technology. Enterprises, governments and individuals can store all kinds of data and let the powerful data-processing computers organize and analyze the information. ...

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Interdisciplinary Studies Journal - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014

Interdisciplinary Studies Journal - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
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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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Critical Software Studies Map | Tom Liam Lynch

Critical Software Studies Map | Tom Liam Lynch | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In several recent studies, I've developed a concept map that attempts to capture the complexity of software-powered technologies in education.  It conceptualizes four broad spaces–political, economic, pedagogical, administrative–that inform the way we discuss and use software-powered technologies. ....

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Can South Africa’s Smart Cities Please Stand Up? | Future Cape Town

Can South Africa’s Smart Cities Please Stand Up? | Future Cape Town | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

So how can South African cities benefit from this newfound optimism that seems to equipping our sister cities in the North? Our cities are inherently complex, as increased populations put pressure on poor apartheid spatial planning, peak hour traffic, health services, the unpredictable energy grid, the influx of rural people seeking a better life, the rising cost of food production and improved access to basic municipal services, these are all interrelated challenges. But how can citizens through their user experiences on social networking sites and other smart technological applications transform South African cities into digital or ‘so-called smart cities’? ...

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Big Obstacles Ahead for Big Data-for-Development | allAfrica

Big data's great promise for development will need both human and technical capacity building, reports Jan Piotrowski.

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On the Internet of Things, smart cities and the WHO Healthy Cities | IJHG

This article gives a brief overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) for cities, offering examples of IoT-powered 21st century smart cities, including the experience of the Spanish city of Barcelona in implementing its own IoT-driven services to improve the quality of life of its people through measures that promote an eco-friendly, sustainable environment. The potential benefits as well as the challenges associated with IoT for cities are discussed. Much of the 'big data' that are continuously generated by IoT sensors, devices, systems and services are geo-tagged or geo-located. The importance of having robust, intelligent geospatial analytics systems in place to process and make sense of such data in real time cannot therefore be overestimated. The authors argue that IoT-powered smart cities stand better chances of becoming healthier cities. The World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities Network and associated national networks have hundreds of member cities around the world that could benefit from, and harness the power of, IoT to improve the health and well-being of their local populations.
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The backlash against big data | The Economist

The backlash against big data | The Economist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

“BOLLOCKS”, says a Cambridge professor. “Hubris,” write researchers at Harvard. “Big data is bullshit,” proclaims Obama’s reelection chief number-cruncher. A few years ago almost no one had heard of “big data”. Today it’s hard to avoid—and as a result, the digerati love to condemn it. Wired, Time, Harvard Business Review and other publications are falling over themselves to dance on its grave. “Big data: are we making a big mistake?,” asks the Financial Times. “Eight (No, Nine!) Problems with Big Data,” says the New York Times. What explains the big-data backlash? ...

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Microsoft selects Surat for 'smart city' project | ETCIO.com

Microsoft selects Surat for 'smart city' project | ETCIO.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

“Microsoft Corp has selected Surat to develop it as India's first 'smart city' under the company's CityNext initiative launched last year.Under the 'Smart City..”


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Gujarat: showing the way for India's smart cities? - Firstbiz

Gujarat: showing the way for India's smart cities? - Firstbiz | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

While Gujarat's plans might seem highly ambitious, the fact is that smart cities may eventually become the only way for civic administrators to cope with urbanisation. - Firstbiz


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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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