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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Working the Land and the Data | New York Times

Working the Land and the Data | New York Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Technology offers some family-owned farms an opportunity to thrive and compete with giant agribusinesses.

 

Kip Tom, a seventh-generation family farmer, harvests the staples of modern agriculture: seed corn, feed corn, soybeans and data.

 

“I’m hooked on a drug of information and productivity,” he said, sitting in an office filled with computer screens and a whiteboard covered with schematics and plans for his farm’s computer network.

 

Mr. Tom, 59, is as much a chief technology officer as he is a farmer. Where his great-great-grandfather hitched a mule, “we’ve got sensors on the combine, GPS data from satellites, cellular modems on self-driving tractors, apps for irrigation on iPhones,” he said. ...

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Algorithm fatigue: What Evernote’s news-recommending product can tell us about privacy | Nieman Lab

Algorithm fatigue: What Evernote’s news-recommending product can tell us about privacy | Nieman Lab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Evernote Context integrates the research process seamlessly into the user's workflow — why don't (some) users like it?
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Unlocking Value from Open Data | Tim Baker

Open data is extremely powerful. And while it may be free, it can power valuable new business models. But to reap the rewards of open data requires investment of time and care to transform it to intelligence.

 

It sounds paradoxical: How can you create value from something that is free? Or stranger still: How can you create value while simultaneously giving something away? Yet open data – data or content that anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute – is now a viable route for both new and established businesses. ....

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Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution | Triple Pundit

Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution | Triple Pundit | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Advances with smart technologies will transform society, just as advances during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries did.
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What has open council data ever done for us? | CityMetric

What has open council data ever done for us? | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Since then, progress has been slow – but there has been progress. A number of cities (Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, London) have published open data sets. But without a common access point, or a declaration of available data like the Open Data Census in the US, it’s hard to know how many.

 

The big question now is: is transparency enough?

 

It’s been nearly a year since Eric Pickles, the UK’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued a policy statement  requesting that local councils open up their data to the public....

 

 

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Enabling Smart City Services through Open Data and Mobile Applications | EurActiv

Enabling Smart City Services through Open Data and Mobile Applications | EurActiv | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Now an increasing number of government officials, entrepreneurs, and civic hackers are recognizing the potential of open data. The results have included applications that can be used across many cities as well as those tailored to an individual city’s needs: This is Citadel on the Move !

 

Citadel on the Move and EurActiv invites you to live walk through to the easy-to-use tools developed in the framework of this innovative project to teach you: How to open, convert, use data across borders and create a mobile app for your city in an hour? ...

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Japan’s consumer electronics giant Panasonic launches Dh2.4b Smart City

Japan’s consumer electronics giant Panasonic launches Dh2.4b Smart City | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Osaka-headquartered company made forays into the smart city segment by launching 120 residential housing units in first phase of Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, or FSST, near Tokyo.
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In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive | The Conversation

In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive | The Conversation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Humanities is the study of the human condition and the way we interact with nature, technology, health, art, politics, religion, money and mystery. The internet is, in effect, the greatest cultural treasure chest ever created and is allowing us to expand our horizons like never before. It’s a constantly updated repository of the very human interactions and expressions we have always sought to explore in the humanities and, for better or worse, they are all stored on file. We can rifle through them using search engines, network analyzers and crowd opinion aggregators. ....

 

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Amazon Reveals the Robots at the Heart of Its Epic Cyber Monday Operation | WIRED

Amazon Reveals the Robots at the Heart of Its Epic Cyber Monday Operation | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In early 2012, Amazon spent $775 million to acquire Kiva Systems, a Massachusetts-based startup that makes warehouse robots and software to automate the most mundane parts of filling online orders. For the past two years, the world’s largest online retailer has kept mostly quiet about how it was using the Kiva robots in its own operations. But on Sunday, the day before the high point of the internet retail year, Amazon opened its doors to show off the droids that are taking its warehouses to the next level of consumer gratification. ...

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Nice story wrap on Kiva and Amazon

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Are we headed to smart cities or digital fishbowls? - HERE Three Sixty

Are we headed to smart cities or digital fishbowls? - HERE Three Sixty | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Let’s be honest: no one walks around thinking, “I live in a smart city!” Instead, we’re more likely to mutter entirely different sentiments under our breath when we encounter traffic delays, poor service from local government and other urban irritations. While smart city projects that use technology to help us navigate these challenges are promising, experts say they may not get very far if everyday citizens aren’t intimately involved. ....

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New book: 'Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data'

New book: 'Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data' | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There has been a data rush in the past decade brought about by online communication and, in particular, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, among others), which promises a new age of digital enlightenment. But social data is compromised: it is being seized by specific economic interests, it leads to a fundamental shift in the relationship between research and the public good, and it fosters new forms of control and surveillance. ....

 

Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data explores how we perform critical research within a compromised social data framework. The expert, international lineup of contributors explores the limits and challenges of social data research in order to invent and develop new modes of doing public research. At its core, this collection argues that we are witnessing a fundamental reshaping of the social through social data mining. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/compromised-data-9781501306525/#sthash.lefUo2Di.dpuf
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Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review

Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Mobile apps, sensors, and other technologies help cities handle growing challenges.

 

Cities around the globe, whether rich or poor, are in the midst of a technology experiment. Urban planners are pulling data from inexpensive sensors mounted on traffic lights and park benches, and from mobile apps on citizens’ smartphones, to analyze how their cities really operate. They hope the data will reveal how to run their cities better and improve urban life. City leaders and technology experts say that managing the growing challenges of cities well and affordably will be close to impossible without smart technology. ...

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Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review

Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Even though Google’s head-worn computer is going nowhere, the technology is sure to march on.
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Tech companies and social networks need an ethics body to rebuild trust | Guardian

Tech companies and social networks need an ethics body to rebuild trust | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The internet is capable of enormous social good but users feel overly advertised to as well as tracked and monitored

 

Do you use a fitness tracker? Online banking? Do you shop online, use a messaging app, download music, use email, file your tax return online or let your children play games on your iPad?

 

How much do you trust the services and technologies you use?

Most of us will admit to a creeping sense of mistrust about the technology we have come to rely on. Many users have come to feel quietly contemptuous of these services, as if our default relationships with them is that they offer us a sheet of novel-length terms and conditions designed for us not to read and in return we agree to be advertised to, or about, or to be tracked and monitored, however ineffectively or, worse, to be surveilled by the government, and we grudgingly accept it and carry on. ....

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Open & smart cities for the common future | EC Digital Agenda for Europe

Open & smart cities for the common future | EC Digital Agenda for Europe | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Promoting open innovation and becoming ecosystem managers instead of service providers are two of the key elements cities need to embrace if they are to innovate and transform themselves into smart cities.  

 

The Open Cities and Commons for Europe projects seek to provide new solutions to these problems public administrations face. Coordinated by ESADE Business School, the ultimate goal of these European projects is to enable open innovation mechanisms in the public sector in seven European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Helsinki, Paris and Rome....

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Report: Rapid growth in smart cities market (and why cities can't avoid it) | Smart Cities Council

Report: Rapid growth in smart cities market (and why cities can't avoid it) | Smart Cities Council | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The global smart cities market is forecast to reach $1.56 trillion by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan. Find out which sectors will see the biggest gains – and why the report says cities no longer have a choice about getting smarter.
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Make open data actually work -- FCW

Make open data actually work -- FCW | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The public's demand for transparency means agencies must share data in ways that the average person can understand. Here's how.
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How far can we trust open data? | Mapgubbins

How far can we trust open data? | Mapgubbins | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The trustworthiness of open data depends on the particulars of the individual dataset and publisher. Some open data is robust, and some is rubbish. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with open data as a concept. The same broad statement can be made about data that is available only on commercial terms.

 

But there is a risk attached to open data that does not usually attach to commercial data. ...

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Success: How NYC Open Data and Reddit Saved New Yorkers Over $55,000 a Year | I Quant NY

Success: How NYC Open Data and Reddit Saved New Yorkers Over $55,000 a Year | I Quant NY | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

So what are we to do?   How do we make government more data driven? Well that’s exactly where Open Data comes in.  Agencies are pulled in many directions, and this is an example where, for whatever reason, the data was not analyzed.  By opening up data to its citizens, the NYC government is getting free additional resources to improve services.  

 

The good news in all of this is that the DOT acted on this data point incredibly quickly once they were aware of it.  Within weeks, the two parking spots were repainted (see above) to make it clear that they were in fact illegal.  And that bit of paint will save New Yorkers over $55,000 a year.  ...

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How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs (and no, it doesn’t call it big data) | Network World

How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs (and no, it doesn’t call it big data) | Network World | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
When you have an organization the size of UPS, every single little bit of efficiency that can be squeezed out of daily operations translates into a big deal.
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Infographic: The Landscape of Location-Based Data | NextGov

Infographic: The Landscape of Location-Based Data | NextGov | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Opportunities for the government to collect data are everywhere.

 

Big data has become integral to government technology. But what will happen in the future? Deloitte's Gov2020 initiative predicts "location becomes an integral dimension of data, allowing information patterns and decisions to be viewed through the lens of place." According to Gov2020, everything from medicine to energy will have a geo-layer added. ...

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Researchers find about 25 security vulnerabilities per Internet of Things device | ComputerWorld

Researchers find about 25 security vulnerabilities per Internet of Things device | ComputerWorld | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
70% of the 10 most popular types of Internet of Things “smart” devices are vulnerable to being hacked, with multiple attack vectors averaging out to about 25 security vulnerabilities per IoT device.
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Now we have scientific proof that bikeshare makes your city cleaner - Urbanful

Now we have scientific proof that bikeshare makes your city cleaner - Urbanful | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Using vans to relocate bikes is, for now, a necessary evil in most cities with bikesharing systems. But the cons don't come close to matching the benefits.
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Developing world gets city smart | SciDevNet

Developing world gets city smart | SciDevNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Could developing countries skip straight to having ‘smart’ cities kitted out with tech? Gareth Willmer finds out.
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Innovative Finance Models for Sustainable Cities of the Future | Meeting of the Minds

Innovative Finance Models for Sustainable Cities of the Future | Meeting of the Minds | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

City budget deficits are far from rare. San Jose, Chicago, Phoenix and Las Vegas are just a few examples of cities confronting likely shortfalls in the upcoming fiscal year. A wave of cost-cutting, and in many cases conflicting, policy drivers awaits the sustainability champions of US cities.

 

With business starting to take sustainability seriously, not only is there a commercial opportunity in implementing city sustainability strategies, but also a ‘read-across’ in terms of public and private sector strategies. The key question is how to find effective models of financing that will meet the objectives of both public and private stakeholders when it comes to sustainable cities.....

 

 

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