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Open Sourcing the Design of Civil Infrastructure. Most social computing applications have only been attempted on projects with relatively modest technical demands.

Open Sourcing the Design of Civil Infrastructure

By shifting current modality of Civil Engineering to open-source approach, industry can be radically transformed by enlisting Citizen Engineers from around the globe. This shift was enabled by developing 5 different cyber-platforms (couched in 6 experiments) that allow crowds to collaborate across 4 dimensions: sharing software, sharing hardware, pooling their collective knowledge and pooling their effort in crowdsourced activities.

Each platform is backed by schemas that paraskill complex engineering tasks for these non-expert crowds, while social science informs how best to maximize their attraction, retention, participation and performance. These Drupal-based portals, including two on Amazon Mechanical Turk, that have received over 10,000 hits with 1000 users from 70 countries. Resulting Publications to Date: 15 conference publications/presentations, 1 Dissertation. Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world. Living Text of Sociology. The ever rising oil price in the United States has led to many drastic changes in an American’s day to day activities.

Living Text of Sociology

The social problem of the rising oil price has led many to debate the use of oil and other alternative fuel types. According to the VTPI(Victoria Transport Policy Institute), who’s goal is to show options to the people on how they can save money or switch their fuel source states, “Between 2003 and 2008 average U.S. gasoline retail prices more than doubled, from $1.77 to $4.10 per gallon, and high prices are expected to continue due to growing international demand and rising production costs.” Even while using my Android application to find the cheapest gas in town, I am still stuck paying $3.50 a gallon in Fort Myers Florida. I can’t complain because I know my parents in New York are paying way more then I am. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration recommended that Plan B be sold as an over-the-counter item without age restrictions.

Graphic Sociology. Cairo, Alberto. (2013) The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization.

Graphic Sociology

Berkeley: New Riders, a division of Pearson. Overview A functional art is a book in divided into four parts, but really it is easier to understand as only two parts. The first part is a sustained and convincingly argument that information graphics and data visualizations are technologies, not art, and that there are good reasons to follow certain guiding principles when reading and designing them. It is written by Alberto Cairo, a professor of journalism at the University of Miami an information graphics journalist who has had the not always pleasant experience of trying to apply functional rules in organizational structures that occasionally prefer formal rules.

The second part of the book is a series of interviews with journalists, designers, and artists about graphics and the work required to make good ones. Replicated Typo. Careers – in Theory. This Week in Sociology. The Immanent Frame. The Immanent Frame. Technosociology. Graphic Sociology. Social Science Statistics Blog. 28 April 2013 App Stats: Roberts, Stewart, and Tingley on "Topic models for open ended survey responses with applications to experiments" We hope you can join us this Wednesday, May 1, 2013 for the Applied Statistics Workshop.

Social Science Statistics Blog

Molly Roberts, Brandon Stewart, and Dustin Tingley, all from the Department of Government at Harvard University, will give a presentation entitled "Topic models for open ended survey responses with applications to experiments". A light lunch will be served at 12 pm and the talk will begin at 12.15. "Topic models for open ended survey responses with applications to experiments" Molly Roberts, Brandon Stewart, and Dustin Tingley Government Department, Harvard University CGIS K354 (1737 Cambridge St.) Abstract: Despite broad use of surveys and survey experiments by political science, the vast majority of survey analysis deals with responses to options along a scale or from pre-established categories.

Posted by Konstantin Kashin at 11:25 PM | Comments (2) 22 April 2013. Walking in Ecuador (the Good) Okay, we've established that Ecuador has some challenges when it comes to the pedestrian environment. But what about its successes? As I observed in my jaunts through cities large and small, in many places Ecuador has really done things right. Consider this street in Quito's New Town: Note the street furniture, large trees, and narrow roadway. The bricks are a nice touch also, though I wonder if they present any type of maintenance or accessibility problems. Even better is this street in Banos: What I loved the most about this street (aside from the fact that cars are allowed only half of the space the pedestrians enjoy--take that Ventura Boulevard with your seven travel lanes and narrow sidewalks) was the perfectly proportioned mixed-use buildings on either side.

But perhaps most exciting to me were the pedestrian streets like this one that littered the roadway network in Quito's Old Town: Interpeace - 5 Peacebuilding Principles. This privacy policy sets out how Interpeace uses and protects any information that you give Interpeace when you use this website.

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