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Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com

Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

But the “big data” that interests many companies is what we might call “found data”, the digital exhaust of web searches, credit card payments and mobiles pinging the nearest phone mast. Google Flu Trends was built on found data and it’s this sort of data that ­interests me here. Such data sets can be even bigger than the LHC data – Facebook’s is – but just as noteworthy is the fact that they are cheap to collect relative to their size, they are a messy collage of datapoints collected for disparate purposes and they can be updated in real time. As our communication, leisure and commerce have moved to the internet and the internet has moved into our phones, our cars and even our glasses, life can be recorded and quantified in a way that would have been hard to imagine just a decade ago.

 

Cheerleaders for big data have made four exciting claims, each one reflected in the success of Google Flu Trends: that data analysis produces uncannily accurate results; that every single data point can be captured, making old statistical sampling techniques obsolete; that it is passé to fret about what causes what, because statistical correlation tells us what we need to know; and that scientific or statistical models aren’t needed because, to quote “The End of Theory”, a provocative essay published in Wired in 2008, “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves”. ...

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Smart cities – can the data centre cope? | Information Age

Smart cities – can the data centre cope? | Information Age | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Is the data centre prepared for the amount of data and traffic that smart cities will generate?
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Why Big Data Isn’t Enough: Tomorrow’s Technology Will Be Built Around Workflows | Wired

Why Big Data Isn’t Enough: Tomorrow’s Technology Will Be Built Around Workflows | Wired | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big data is all the rage. Everywhere you turn it seems companies are discussing new and different ways to analyze data. The problem? There is an initial euphoria, usually after a large initial investment, when some insights are found. However, companies have a hard time changing their workers’ daily workflow to make meaningful improvements based on these insights. As a result the benefits of big data remains confined to board rooms where executives get increasingly frustrated that despite meeting after meeting their key measures don’t improve.

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The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary | Ciudades a escala humana:

The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary | Ciudades a escala humana: | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The first part of the text is based on shifting the basic answer to the question of why there is so much distance between the promises of the smart city narrative and its practical implementation. Some may say this is a matter of solving technical issues, scaling-up problems, defining new business models and value propositions, and so on. The first premise here is not about technicalities of any sort, but about conceptual flaws inherently adhered to the smart city technological imaginary. This is, in a few words, what this first chapter is all about ...

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The GeoWeb and everyday life: An analysis of spatial tactics and volunteered geographic information | Lingel | First Monday

The GeoWeb and everyday life: An analysis of spatial tactics and volunteered geographic information | Lingel | First Monday | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In this paper, we discuss GeoWeb technologies, specifically those created via volunteered geographic information (VGI) as a means of analyzing the political contours of mapmaking. Our paper is structured around two case studies of VGI projects that allow for consideration for the political efficacy (and potential drawbacks) of these geospatial technologies. We use de Certeau’s constructs of strategies and tactics as a conceptual framing, which allows for a political reading of geographic data couched in the context of everyday life, as well as opening up inquiry into the politics of making, accessing and interpreting spatial data. We conclude by suggesting provocations for future research on the GeoWeb and VGI at the intersection of geography and information science.

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Smart Cities Using Smart Technology - Envision Charlotte | IndustryWeek

Smart Cities Using Smart Technology - Envision Charlotte | IndustryWeek | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
“Envision Charlotte is a fantastic example of collaboration by public and private entities with shared goals of environmental sustainability,” said Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “It is a unique laboratory that allows our city to develop proven sustainability practices that can be replicated in other cities.”
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Open Data in Developing Countries: Different models, new approaches | WWW Foundation

Today, we’re sharing the first wave of results from our “Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries” (ODDC) project. This project marks the first major study of the use and impact of open data in countries across the developing world. Over a hundred researchers from the global South have been involved in developing 17 qualitative case studies with findings that span 13 countries, from Indonesia to Brazil. ...

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African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares? by Vanessa Watson | Environment and Urbanization

Labelled as the “last frontier” for international property development, sub-Saharan Africa’s larger cities are currently being revisioned in the image of cities such as Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore, which claim top positions in the world-class city leagues. Draped in the rhetoric of “smart cities” and “eco-cities”, these plans promise to modernize African cities and turn them into gateways for international investors and showpieces for ambitious politicians. Yet the reality in all of these cities stands in stark contrast to the glass-box towers, manicured lawns and water features on developers’ and architects’ websites. With the majority of urban populations living in deep poverty and with minimal urban services, the most likely outcome of these fantasy plans is a steady worsening of the marginalization and inequalities that already beset these cities.
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Ecuador is betting $1 billion that a dream city can make it a high-tech leader - MiamiHerald

Ecuador is building a research university and city in the middle of a remote pasture. Can it succeed where others have failed?

 

URCUQUI, Ecuador -- It’s the year 2043 and this burgeoning city of 100,000 is a high-tech Mecca. Using rare plants from the Amazon, university researchers have cured many diseases; factories churn out nano-sponges that soak up oil spills around the world; local software designers are the envy of Palo Alto. Ecuador — once known for its crude and bananas — is now the Silicon Valley of the tropics, the Singapore of the Andes. ...


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/12/4233299/ecuador-is-betting-1-billion-that.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

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European Smart Cities projects, local innovation boosters? | EurActiv

European Smart Cities projects, local innovation boosters? | EurActiv | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Today, Open Government Data is often difficult to access and use by the developer community, let alone the average citizen. In Issy-les-Moulineaux [www.issy.com] and in Paris in the framework of the “Futur-en-Seine Festival”, European Smart Cities projects have come together for 3 days of intensive debates and exchange of good practices to develop new e-Services for citizens at local level across Europe. ... 

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EU privacy watchdog to conduct review of big data potential within existing legal boundaries | Out-Law

Representatives from data protection authorities (DPA) in the EU are to assess how data could be better used across industries within existing legal boundaries.

 

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chair of the Article 29 Working Party, a committee made up of representatives from EU privacy watchdogs, confirmed the move in a recent letter to John Podesta (3-page / 217KB PDF), an advisor to US president Barack Obama. The letter was sent in response to a report published in the US this spring on big data opportunities and privacy implications. ...

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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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The Spatial in Digital Humanities | Wikimaps

The Spatial in Digital Humanities | Wikimaps | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A week of Digital Humanities in Lausanne with DH2014 was packed with projects sorting out and displaying cultural heritage. A number of papers discussed geohumanities and mapping.

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First smarten our cities, then build smart ones - Hindustan Times

First smarten our cities, then build smart ones - Hindustan Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
India’s cities are a shameful mess: the big, older ones, the small ones and even the fledgling new ones. Far from being anywhere near smart, our cities are rather dumb. The future could be bleaker, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
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Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism by R Gehl

Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism by R Gehl | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Robert Gehl's timely critique, Reverse Engineering Social Media, rigorously analyzes the ideas of social media and software engineers, using these ideas to find contradictions and fissures beneath the surfaces of glossy sites such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

 

Gehl adeptly uses a mix of software studies, science and technology studies, and political economy to reveal the histories and contexts of these social media sites. Looking backward at divisions of labor and the process of user labor, he provides case studies that illustrate how binary "Like" consumer choices hide surveillance systems that rely on users to build content for site owners who make money selling user data, and that promote a culture of anxiety and immediacy over depth.


Reverse Engineering Social Media also presents ways out of this paradox, illustrating how activists, academics, and users change social media for the better by building alternatives to the dominant social media sites.

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The rise of data and the death of politics | The Guardian

The rise of data and the death of politics | The Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But where does this leave governments, asks Evgeny Morozov
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Future Cities: UK Capabilities For Urban Innovation | FC Catapult/Arup

Future Cities: UK Capabilities For Urban Innovation | FC Catapult/Arup | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
This report, produced by the Future Cities Catapult and Arup, sets out the UK’s strengths in the global market for urban solutions.
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Guadalajara: Smart City of the Near Future - IEEE

Guadalajara: Smart City of the Near Future - IEEE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

IEEE will work to make Mexico’s Silicon Valley more efficient.  

 

With so much high-tech talent, it’s no wonder Mexico’s leaders selected Guadalajara as the site for the Ciudad Creativa Digital, a smart-city development project. The CCD is expected to advance the country’s leadership position in media by using technology to create a socially integrated urban environment that can attract those working in advertising, gaming, movies, television, and related fields. Housing, recreational areas, educational and cultural institutions, retail stores, restaurants, and hotels are part of the project.

 

Guadalajara began the development efforts in October in a 40-hectare area downtown it calls the Digital Hub. Eventually, the CCD is expected to expand beyond the downtown and cover some 380 hectares....

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5 smart technologies to help cities cope with soaring pet populations | Smart Cities Council

5 smart technologies to help cities cope with soaring pet populations | Smart Cities Council | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

An influx of people moving into cities also means an influx of pets. With many animal shelters already overcrowded, cities will need smart technologies to meet the challenge. Let's take a look at five of these technologies. ...

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Smart cities will trigger India’s rurban growth | Niti Centre

Smart cities will trigger India’s rurban growth | Niti Centre | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rs 7,600 crore has been allocated in the General Budget 2014-15 to develop 100 smart cities.  As a part of its agenda to provide better civic amenities and career options while ensuring rapid growth of Indian economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government embarked on building 100 smart urban hubs across the country for which...

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IBM launches Chinese smart city R&D base | China Daily

IBM launches Chinese smart city R&D base | China Daily | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
IBM and its Chinese partner will launch a research and develop smart cities, futuristic urban centers where computing technology will improve infrastructure and public services.
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TED co-founder launches an observatory for the largest cities on Earth | VB

TED co-founder launches an observatory for the largest cities on Earth | VB | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Urban Observatoryis a multi-media interactive exhibit culled from big data that is displayed on screens to let viewers compare and contrast data from the world’s largest cities. Fifty-five of the world’s largest metropolitan cities shared their data to create what Wurman is calling the globe’s first real public observatory.

 

The observatory is being unveiled today at the Esri User Conference in San Diego. Wurman produced the project with geographic information systems provider Esri. Early next year, in February 2015, the Urban Observatory will make its way to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, where the exhibit will be permanently housed. ...

 

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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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