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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Brazil moves to shield data from US

Brazil moves to shield data from US | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Brazil is considering making internet firms open data centres in the country as a way of protecting its citizens from US cyberspies.
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Are crowdsourced maps the future of navigation? | Gigaom

Are crowdsourced maps the future of navigation? | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Telenav hasn’t just hired OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast away from Microsoft; the navigation company plans to wean itself entirely off of proprietary cartography, relying solely on OSM’s collaborative, crowdsourced and freely available maps.
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How to use open data to connect local government with the public | Guardian

How to use open data to connect local government with the public | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The concept of freely available data is growing in popularity. Ben Matthews asks how local government can take advantage of it.
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Adopting ‘smart cities’ a tough sell | Daily Reporter

Adopting ‘smart cities’ a tough sell | Daily Reporter | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

On the flat-screen monitor on the wall, a simulated college campus operates in seamless efficiency. Sensors pick up minor changes in temperature or humidity that could signal an air-conditioning unit malfunctioning. ... 

 

Once the realm of science fiction, automated computer systems controlling buildings and even whole cities are coming on the marketplace, offering efficiencies in everything from electricity to traffic flow.

 

Touring through his company’s sales expo recently in North Dallas, Jim Sandelin, a senior vice president with French energy conglomerate Schneider Electric, said the only problem is selling it.

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'Please, Tell Us More.' What a big data miner knows about us | Wall Street Journal

'Please, Tell Us More.' What a big data miner knows about us | Wall Street Journal | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Columnist Al Lewis finds out what AboutTheData.com knows about him. ...

 

"When I signed in to AboutTheData.com last week, I found most of the intelligence this company had gathered on me was correct: the square-footage of my home, my household income level, my education level, the kind of credit cards I use, the type of stores I frequent, the Toyota Prius I drive, the types of products I buy, whether I hold financial or real-estate investments, and even the month when my insurance policies renew. It knew that I have a child and a pet. It knew there was a small business operating out of my home." ...

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Is your city too smart for you? ARUP

Is your city too smart for you? ARUP | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Could pursuing the rational, clinical urbanism of smart cities destroy the charming chaos of traditional city life without delivering all the benefits it promises? I think it’s something worth considering. ...

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A New Underclass: The People Who Big Data Leaves Behind | co.Exist

A New Underclass: The People Who Big Data Leaves Behind | co.Exist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

As more and more business decisions are being made by looking at the data collected from our lives what happens to the people who are generating no data ...

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The Fifth Paradigm: From Open Data to Social Machines - Nigel Shadbolt (video)

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton, delivered his distinguished lecture entitled "The Fifth Paradigm: From Open Data to Social Machines"...
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A New Frontier in Big Data: Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid (in India)

A New Frontier in Big Data: Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid (in India) | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity among lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection.
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Big Data + Old History (Irish immigrants in C19th London)

Adam Crymble describes his thesis of using Computer Science methods for historical analysis of Irish Immigrants in 19th century London, England..

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Data Broker Discloses What It Knows | Wall Street Journal

Data Broker Discloses What It Knows | Wall Street Journal | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
America’s largest data broker Acxiom launched AboutTheData.com, a website where users can plug in their name and social security number and peer into Acxiom’s troves of consumer data.
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Technology could help rural areas become thriving and sustainable | The Guardian

Technology could help rural areas become thriving and sustainable | The Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As city populations swell, rural communities will get left behind unless there are improvements in infrastructure, connectivity and resilience, writes Flemmich Webb
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Three Paradoxes of Big Data | Stanford Law Review

Three Paradoxes of Big Data | Stanford Law Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Introduction Big data is all the rage. Its proponents tout the use of sophisticated analytics to mine large data sets for insight as the solution to many of our society’s problems ...

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Matthew Hanchard's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:57 AM

Great article on Big data, highlighting the three main topics of debates (paradoxes): Transparency of analyses (supposedly) Vs. Closed datasets and methods of analysis; Sovereignty of Identity Vs. Indentification through anaylsis of big data; Issue of power in information and data product ownership.

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Open Government Data Census for 60 countries - OKFN

The 2013 Country Census is currently in progress. The Census is an initiative of the Open Knowledge Foundation with entries contributed by advocates and experts from the global open data community. If you want to add, change or improve an entry please see the instructions....

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Treat Data As Code » Ben Balter

It's time we start treating data with the same love and respect that geeks treat their code.  It’s time that we begin treating data as open source, not simply as something to be published. ...

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Building the City of the Future: Smart and Sustainable | Forbes

Building the City of the Future: Smart and Sustainable | Forbes | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Forbes Insights Q&A on Sustainable Smart Cities with Jeffrey Peel of Quadriga Consulting...

 

Do you get the impression that everyone is jumping on the ‘smart cities’ idea?

 

It certainly seems to be flavor of the month.  Part of the reason seems to be that many technology companies have been focusing on the idea of smart cities.  It has become a very convenient way to sell big ticket solutions to city and regional authorities.  But I think the message is getting through that smart city initiatives need to be about more than creating a few apps or creating some type of city information portal or congestion charging system.  Smart cities aren’t just about technology.  In fact the smartest cities are the ones that are beginning to focus on how they sustain themselves for the future.  That will take much more than simply a web site and a few apps.  It’s about considering how cities will cope in terms of being attractive places in which to live – and in a way that’s affordable for city authorities.  The process of thinking about these things in concert has to start sooner rather than later. ...


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Are European companies ready for Big Data? | Steria

Are European companies ready for Big Data? | Steria | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Steria has released the results of a European-wide study which surveyed senior civil servants and public officials in government departments and agencies about their attitudes and actions in the face of a pressing demand for public administration...
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Big Data: An economic dud? - TechGig

Big Data: An economic dud? - TechGig | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There were 30 billion gigabytes of video, e-mails, Web transactions and business-to-business analytics in 2005. The total is expected to reach more than 20 times that figure in 2013, according to Cisco. For its next act, the industry has pinned its hopes, and its colossal public relations machine, on the power of Big Data itself to supercharge the economy....

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The maps transforming how we interact with the world | BBC

The maps transforming how we interact with the world | BBC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data-rich, dynamic digital maps are transforming the way consumers and businesses are interacting with the world, saving money and saving lives.

 

Thanks to "big data", satellite navigation, GPS-enabled smartphones, social networking and 3D visualisation technology, maps are becoming almost unlimited in their functionality, and capable of incorporating real-time updates.

 

"Advanced LED screen technology and smartphones equipped with projectors are going to transform the way we interact with maps," says Ian White, founder and chief executive of Urbanmapping.com, a San Francisco-based geoservices provider.

 

"For example, tourists will be able to plan their visits by using their phones to project a 3D map onto a wall, that they'll then be able to manipulate it remotely with their hands, adding layers of information such as landmarks, restaurants, recommendations from friends, as well as transport links and times."

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Zen in the Art of Citizen Science: Apps for Collective Discovery and the 1 Percent Rule of the Web | Scientific American

Zen in the Art of Citizen Science: Apps for Collective Discovery and the 1 Percent Rule of the Web | Scientific American | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

When it comes to online participation in collective endeavors, 99% of us typically take a free ride.

From Wikipedia and YouTube to simple forum discussions, there is a persistent pattern known as the 90-9-1 principle. This means, for example, that of Wikipedia users, 90% only view content, 9% edit existing content, and 1% actually create new content. Inequity in effort, of vastly more people accessing collective information than contributing to it, is a persistent feature of online engagement. ...

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Rio's bid to become a smart city

Rio's bid to become a smart city | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Rio de Janeiro wants to become Latin America's first smart city but how well is it doing?
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The Raw and the Cooked: The Mythologies of Big Data - Kate Crawford - DataEDGE 2013 (video)

DataEDGE 2013 - http://dataedge.ischool.berkeley.edu The Raw and the Cooked: The Mythologies of Big Data Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Resea...
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Restoring Cities as Engines of Opportunity: Data, Tech and Systems Change

Restoring Cities as Engines of Opportunity: Data, Tech and Systems Change | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
At their best, America's cities are the engine for national prosperity and individual economic opportunity. Indeed, for generations, people from around the
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Humanities gone spatial: Scholars use GIS technology to open new opportunities

Humanities gone spatial: Scholars use GIS technology to open new opportunities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

When you think of map-makers, you probably don't picture English professors, philosophers, or art historians ...

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Has 'smart' Songdo been a success? | BBC

Songdo, a smart city built from scratch on reclaimed land near Seoul, is often described as the world's first smart city but has it been a success? ... Less than 50% occupancy and 20% commercial take-up of space ...

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