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IBM's Smarter Approach to Contextual Cities

IBM's Smarter Approach to Contextual Cities | Urban Data | Scoop.it
NOTE--I am writing a book called Age of Context with Robert Scoble. It is expected to be complete in October. Following is an excerpt from a chapter called Contextual Cities and the New Urbanists.
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Big Data's Surprising Uses: From Lady Gaga To CIA

Big Data's Surprising Uses: From Lady Gaga To CIA | Urban Data | Scoop.it
As big data analytics rapidly become mainstream, the technology shows promise in many unexpected places. Check out who's tapping into big data.

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Data Visualization for Tablets and Touch Screens. #dataviz

Data Visualization for Tablets and Touch Screens. #dataviz | Urban Data | Scoop.it
At the end of 2012, comScore estimated there were 52.4 million tablet owners in the U.S.; Apple sold another 19.5 million iPads in the first three months of

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At the end of 2012, comScore estimated there were 52.4 million tablet owners in the U.S.; Applesold another 19.5 million iPads in the first three months of 2013 alone. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some companies, such as Roambi, Tableau, and Bloomberg are starting to offer mobile, touch-aware data visualization apps.

 

But dropping your desktop user interface onto a tablet doesn’t really take the best advantage of all of those touches and gestures now, does it?

 

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here are plenty of open design questions to work out for touchable data visualization: How to make intuitive gestures that are easy to discover and remember, whether touch may have advantages in data storytelling interfaces, and how to blend gestures into more traditional UI designs, among others. And deep research questions are also waiting to be resolved. Petra Isenberg, a researcher at INRIA in France, published a paper on data visualization on interactive surfaces that stipulates some key questions: “[We] don’t fully understand how touching virtual data affects comprehension or memorability of information,” she writes.

So whether you’re a practitioner or a researcher, there is a lot to work on here. Not only will tablet usage continue to grow, but other opportunities for museum installations, kiosks, and large-format presentation systems offer plenty of use-contexts to explore data visualization that takes advantage of the full interaction bandwidth afforded by these new displays and devices

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Dialing for Data: How Big Data is Transforming Telecom

Dialing for Data: How Big Data is Transforming Telecom | Urban Data | Scoop.it
By Robert Fox Cut throat competitiveness has been with the telecom industry since its inception nearly 140 years ago when Alexander Graham Bell beat Elisha Gray in a race to the U.S. Patent Office to lay claim to inventing the telephone.

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Google, Nike, Jawbone and the fight to win wearable computing

Google, Nike, Jawbone and the fight to win wearable computing | Urban Data | Scoop.it
The market is still young. But companies big and small are positioning themselves to be at the center of the wearable computing business when it explodes. Read this article by Jay Greene on CNET News.

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Collective intelligence for improvement of traffic in Toronto

Collective intelligence for improvement of traffic in Toronto | Urban Data | Scoop.it
Harnessing collective intelligence is one way to help mitigate traffic gridlock, points out a new report released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).

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The report looks at adopting open source innovation to harness collective intelligence. It studies connected vehicles, which establishes two-way communication with cars that can enable real-time transmission of various vehicle data to a central server.

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The Value of Big Data Isn't the Data

The Value of Big Data Isn't the Data | Urban Data | Scoop.it
To make the data useful, you need to turn it into a narrative. To do that at scale, you need machines.

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Pierre Levy's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:51 AM

Turning data into story

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Para tornar o Big Data em algo útil, há que torná-lo em uma narrativa.

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Government Technology: State & Local Government News Articles

Government Technology: State & Local Government News Articles | Urban Data | Scoop.it
Government Technology has IT news for state, local and city government. Find government events, videos and articles.
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TechniCity

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Jennifer Evans-Cowley and Thomas W. Sanchez

We live in real-time, technologically enhanced cities. Explore the sweeping changes that our cities are undergoing as a result of networks, sensors, and communication technology.

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IBM TheSmarterCity - United States

Welcome to TheSmarterCity. Visit the interactive experience to discover how leaders around the world are improving the systems that keep our cities running.
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Big Data: Hype Vs. Hope At Interop

Big Data: Hype Vs. Hope At Interop | Urban Data | Scoop.it

Upcoming Interop workshop will focus on helping organizations see through big data hype and focus on what matters...For a consumer company like Netflix, which delivers movies and TV shows to a vast and diverse audience, big data can be used to improve suggestions and recommendations for what customers might want to watch next. Jeremy Edberg, reliability architect for Netflix and former Information Cowboy for reddit, will provide practical examples of how to use big data to help make businesses more successful. 
Municipalities and other government entities and agencies also are making gains by using big data to improve services and spend money more wisely. Brett Goldstein, CIO for the city of Chicago, will appear at Interop to describe how Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology is using big data to accelerate the city's growth as a global hub of innovation and technology.


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A great comparative review: 28 Days with the Fitbit One, Jawbone UP, Nike+ FuelBand, and BodyMedia LINK

A great comparative review: 28 Days with the Fitbit One, Jawbone UP, Nike+ FuelBand, and BodyMedia LINK | Urban Data | Scoop.it

Wearable tech, activity monitors/trackers, health and fitness gadgets – call them what you will, there is a burgeoning market for these types of devices. The concept is simple enough place something on your person and wear it 24/7 while it uses various sensors to capture data. Then sync your data to a smartphone or computer and magically become healthier. So that last part may not be so simple, but helping you be healthier or at least more conscientious of your health is the purpose of this class of devices. While the market for activity monitors (my preferred name for this class of devices) continues to grow this review aims to examine four activity monitors that are available at brick-and-mortar retail stores, the Fitbit One, Jawbone UP, Nike+ FuelBand, and the BodyMedia LINK.


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JP DOUMENG's curator insight, May 22, 2013 5:28 AM

What's your favourite?

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Hans Rosling: Making Data Cool

Hans Rosling: Making Data Cool | Urban Data | Scoop.it
Celebrity statistician says data can help challenge common myths about the world, particularly on population, fertility and development. Claire Provost meets him

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How Sensors and Social Data Can Improve the Office | MIT Technology Review

How Sensors and Social Data Can Improve the Office | MIT Technology Review | Urban Data | Scoop.it
A new line of research examines what happens in an office where the positions of the cubicles and walls—even the coffee pot—are all determined by data.

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Fred Thiel's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:28 AM

Do you want to work in a data augmented cubicle?

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How We’ve Ignored the Complex Simplicity of the Manhattan Street Grid | Sustainable Cities Collective

How We’ve Ignored the Complex Simplicity of the Manhattan Street Grid | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Data | Scoop.it
Manhattan’s street grid is potentially the most powerful city building tool ever created. It has forced all new growth to integrate itself into the rest of the city, linking new into the old.
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What is 'Dark Social' and Why Should I Care?

The mystery of dark social is now starting to be unravelled with the use of the right analytic tools.

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Geo Location Targeting: How Retailers Use Your Physical Location To Tailor Your Shopping Experience

Geo Location Targeting: How Retailers Use Your Physical Location To Tailor Your Shopping Experience | Urban Data | Scoop.it

Geo Location Targeting:

 

You walk into the grocery store and your smartphone beeps. “Welcome back,” it says. “There’s a sale on tomato sauce in aisle 6. 

 

You’re driving down the highway on your way to work. As you approach, a billboard changes to show an advertisement for your favorite coffee shop, two miles away. After you pass, the billboard switches to show a trailer for the new Disney movie, just as a school bus rounds the corner.


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IBM Optimizes Ivory Coast Bus Routes by Mining Mobile Phone Data

IBM Optimizes Ivory Coast Bus Routes by Mining Mobile Phone Data | Urban Data | Scoop.it
Cell phone data might be the next indispensable resource for urban planners.

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NYU CUSP - NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

NYU CUSP - NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress | Urban Data | Scoop.it
The Center for Urban Science and Progress: a unique public-private research center in New York City dedicated to advancing the field of “Urban Informatics.”
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Stephen Wolfram Blog : Data Science of the Facebook World

Stephen Wolfram Blog : Data Science of the Facebook World | Urban Data | Scoop.it
Stephen Wolfram shares interesting Facebook data analysis finds from the Data Donor program of Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook.
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