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Free Vector Art & Vector Graphics. City Skyline Loop Background Pack. MIT SENSEable City Lab. Amsterdam City Dashboard: a City as Urban Statistics. Open Data in Developing Countries: Different models, new approaches. 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. These studies describe a wide range of open data efforts, including top-down initiated projects, led by governments and donors; bottom-up efforts, led by technology communities or civil society organisations; and sector-specific initiatives focussed on very specific datasets.

In addition to producing rigorous research, the project is also working to build open data capacity, supporting researchers with the local knowledge needed to drive the open data agenda in developing countries. Other emerging insights from the study include: Creative Commons. 3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think)

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Software for content analysis and text analysis: Qualitative analysis. Annotations for Mac Mac software to analyse documents by adding and organising highlights, tags or notes on text passages. ATLAS.ti Computer software for the support of text interpretation, text management and the extraction of conceptual knowledge from documents (theory building); supports the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. Application areas include social sciences, economics, educational sciences, criminology, market research, quality management, knowledge acquisition, and theology. A demo version is provided via download. You may want to join the discussion and support list or participate in the forum.

CAQDAS Comparison A comparative overview of the most important computer-assisted qualitative data analyses software packages, ordered by product functions. CDC EZ-Text The software to assist researchers create, manage, and analyze semi-structured qualitative databases is available free of charge. Choosing a CAQDAS Package Code-A-Text Dedoose. The social design methods menu Kimball. Dialogue mapping overview (Conklin) TED co-founder launches an observatory for the largest cities on Earth. By Richard Byrne Reilly TED co-founder Richard Saul Wurman’s Urban Observatory is now a virtual reality. The Urban Observatory is 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. Using media-rich screens, viewers can now see first hand the results of increasing global urbanization and importantly, what can be done to improve their quality of life. “This has been my dream,” the diplomatically prickly Wurman said. It was a massive undertaking. “This is a much more sophisticated version of the original book, and it works off the cloud,” Wurman told VentureBeat from his home in Newport, Rhode Island.

Above: Richard Saul Wurman “Now is the time for us to learn. Early Warning Signs in Social-Ecological Networks. A number of social-ecological systems exhibit complex behaviour associated with nonlinearities, bifurcations, and interaction with stochastic drivers. These systems are often prone to abrupt and unexpected instabilities and state shifts that emerge as a discontinuous response to gradual changes in environmental drivers.

Predicting such behaviours is crucial to the prevention of or preparation for unwanted regime shifts. Recent research in ecology has investigated early warning signs that anticipate the divergence of univariate ecosystem dynamics from a stable attractor. To date, leading indicators of instability in systems with multiple interacting components have remained poorly investigated. This is a major limitation in the understanding of the dynamics of complex social-ecological networks. Figures Citation: Suweis S, D'Odorico P (2014) Early Warning Signs in Social-Ecological Networks. Editor: Renaud Lambiotte, University of Namur, Belgium Copyright: © 2014 Suweis, D'Odorico. . .

Learn | Seeking Community. Tamarack Learning Centre - Learn about Community Collaboration, Poverty Reduction, Leadership. Public Sphere Project. CUSP-Lectures | Smart Cities. I am giving two lectures which are Sessions 9 and 10 in the Foundations of Urban Science Course at CUSP: Center for Urban Science and Progress in the Fall of 2013. An outline of the course is given below so you can see my two lectures in context. The two lectures as PDF files can be accessed by clicking on the images below. If you click on the PDF Icon, this will give you the detailed instructions on the assignment and if you click on the Excel Icon, you will load the spreadsheet of the data that includes all the material you will need.

Of you have any issues, then email me at m.batty@ucl.ac.uk. Background Reading In this web page, as well as access to pdfs of the lectures themselves, there are some pdfs of the key readings that underpin the course. There is a general historical summary of the development of urban modelling by myself which is entitled: Batty, M. (2008) Fifty Years of Urban Modelling: Macro Statics to Micro Dynamics, in S. 1. 2. 3. 4. van der Leeuw, S. Against the Smart City | Smart Cities. Absolutely the best thing to read on the corporate hype and innuendos from the big computer companies pedalling the idea of ‘the smart city’. Adam Greenfield’s new book – that you can only get on Kindle and which was my first Kindle purchase that I read on my iPad (a success I must say) – is a wonderful and eloquent essay on the extreme hype surrounding the top down new town-like smart cities of Songdo (in South Korea), Masdar (in the UAE), PlanIT Valley (near Paredes in Portugal).

He also comments on Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and some of the other established cities who are injecting automation into their urban services and other functions from the top down. His message is that most of the smart cities hype associated with IBM, Cisco, and Siemens amongst others which he recounts in detail is based on the most simplistic of notions as to what a city actually is. There is a nice summary on the Urban Omnibus Blog But Against the Smart City comes with a warning. Against the Smart City. On November 6th, we will co-host a talk by writer and urbanist Adam Greenfield at the New Museum entitled “Another City is Possible: Alternatives to the Smart City.” The event marks the release of Greenfield’s new pamphlet, “Against the smart city,” the first installment of his forthcoming book The City is Here for You to Use, in which he challenges the prevalent cultural understanding of the current deployment and proposed possibilities of networked information technology.

The potential of the devices and information now available is rich, but our awareness of the powerful ways in which these systems and their use will alter our world — our policies, economies, built environment, and, in Greenfield’s words, “the structure and content of our own psyches” — is limited. What follows is an excerpt from “Against the smart city.” The smart city pretends to an objectivity, a unity and a perfect knowledge that are nowhere achievable, even in principle. [1] Siemens Corporation. . [10] See, e.g. Rittel+Webber+Dilemmas+General_Theory_of_Planning. Pillar Nonprofit Network. MaRS Discovery District | MaRS. Community%20informatics%20in%20tourism. 36.1%20Intro_Pigg%202004.

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