CanvasXpress - Contact Urban activists hack their way toward open government OAKLAND, CA—Four years ago, Code For America (CFA) was founded with the mission to "help governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the Web." Within two years, the San Francisco-based nonprofit set up a fellowship program, inviting American cities to receive a team of three young motivated developers, activists, and policy planners. The Washington Post's description captured what everyone was already thinking: CFA is the “technology world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America.” It's an apt comparison. Any city can apply to host CFA fellows. This year's planning is already underway. “Ultimately, what we’d like to do is have a shared view of requests, both current and past, and [include] what the status is of what’s going on. Cristina and his two others colleagues, Richa Agarwal and Sheila Dugan, will have the rest of the year to build the tool he described. Oakland after “Occupy” Tempers flared during the protests. “Technological solutionism”
OPEN DATA Nate Silver - FiveThirtyEight Blog On Thursday, after LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive N.B.A. championship, I noted on Twitter that James was on the same pace as the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. Both James and Jordan won their first championship at 27 and their second at 28, I wrote. Jordan went on to win four more N.B.A. titles, for a total of six. Mike Segar/ReutersLeBron James and Michael Jordan were about the same age when they won a second championship. My statement depended on a technicality, I later discovered: Jordan’s biological age was 28 when he won his first championship, in 1991, and 29 when he won his second, in 1992. However, basketball statisticians generally define a player’s age differently: by how old he was as of Feb. 1 of an N.B.A. season, the rough midpoint of the basketball calendar. Those semantics aside, it is worth considering just how likely James might be to match or exceed Jordan’s six titles. By my count, there were 13 such players before James.
How Hyperlocal Reporting Can Improve Cities From The Bottom Up [My Ideal City] Crowdsourced data-gathering platforms are changing the top-down nature of how news is gathered and disseminated by placing reporting tools in the hands of citizens, allowing any individual to instantly broadcast about the situation around them. Often using mobile phone technology, these hyperlocal reporting systems not only provide real-time, location specific data, but also boost civic engagement by establishing direct channels of communication from the ground up, while helping to ensure community well-being by rapidly documenting potentially harmful incidents. Gary Hack, who is part of a team developing a crowdsourced plan for Bogota, Colombia called MyIdealCity, believes that future of urban planning is in hyperlocal reporting. Sensors are fine for counting, but the best source of intelligence about what is happening on the ground is those who are actually there. Social media in it of itself is just a channel for achieving goals. Q.
Presentación Impacto Económico del Gobierno Electrónico - Pablo Valenti y Lucio Castro About Us The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative and creative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to harness the extraordinary amount of untapped creative potential in society - by empowering people to be active participants in creating a better world. Overview of the RSA The RSA is a registered charity. We depend on support from our funders, Fellows and sponsors. Action and Research Centre RSA Action and Research Centre combines practical experimentation with rigorous research to create a unique programme of work. Events Tackling the challenges we face in the 21st century requires us to draw on the best thinking and new evidence about the world around us. Fellowship Working with our global network of 27,000 Fellows to be a force for civic innovation and social change. House Our mission Find out more about our mission
developers Developer Guide So, you've decided to use npm to develop (and maybe publish/deploy) your project. Fantastic! There are a few things that you need to do above the simple steps that your users will do to install your program. About These Documents These are man pages. What is a `package` A package is: a) a folder containing a program described by a package.json file b) a gzipped tarball containing (a) c) a url that resolves to (b) d) a @ that is published on the registry with (c) e) a @ that points to (d) f) a that has a "latest" tag satisfying (e) g) a git url that, when cloned, results in (a). Even if you never publish your package, you can still get a lot of benefits of using npm if you just want to write a node program (a), and perhaps if you also want to be able to easily install it elsewhere after packing it up into a tarball (b). Git urls can be of the form: The commit-ish can be any tag, sha, or branch which can be supplied as an argument to git checkout . The package.json File This is important.
Ecrans. Ravalement de façades. Les architectes serviront-ils encore à quelque chose dans la ville numérique ? C’est ce que l’on pourrait conclure en lisant – évidemment à contre-sens – cette brillante analyse, professée par le critique d’architecture Christopher Hawthorne dans le LA Times. Synthèse commentée. Pour la faire courte (et ne pas citer la moitié du texte), Christopher Hawthorne se penche sur la profusion des écrans dans la ville – les écrans digitaux traditionnels, évidemment, mais aussi et surtout les mobiles et smartphones en explosion – qui « transforment chaque coin de rue en Timesquare ». Selon lui, ces écrans « créent un vortex capable d’absorber toute notre attention, rendant le design d’un bâti invisible voire hors de propos ». Pour lui, les architectes peuvent se positionner dans la continuité de cet environnement digitalisé, à l’image de la Gateway Art Tower de l’architecte Eric Owen Moss, sur les façades de laquelle peuvent être projetées des animations artistiques.
Blog | Cinder We're excited to announce the latest Cinder release, version 0.8.5. This is the most significant upgrade to Cinder to date. Here's what it contains: New TinderBox TinderBox has been rewritten from scratch and now includes support for integrating CinderBlocks (prepackaged libraries of code for use with Cinder). Redesigned Window/Event Systems Cinder's windowing and event subsystems have been rewritten to support multiple windows in a single application. Visual C++ 2012 support Cinder and TinderBox now have full support for Visual C++ 2012 (including both the v110 and v110_xp toolsets). New Icons New icons for Cinder apps and TinderBox. C++11 Features By standardizing on Xcode 4.4+ we can ensure the universal availability of unique_ptr, lambda functions, move semantics and several other powerful tools in C++11. vector<DisplayRef> displays = Display::getDisplays();vector<DisplayRef>::const_iterator displayIt;for( displayIt = displays.begin(); displayIt ! Can now be written as Console on Windows
La ville intelligente, ultime utopie avant un chaos urbain généralisé ? Temps de lecture estimé : 6 min Aussi neuf et incertain qu’il soit encore, le concept de « ville intelligente » ou « V.I. » suscite un engouement qui n’est pas sans rappeler celui de la «fée électricité» à la Belle-Epoque. L’essayiste Jérémy Rifkin appelle au développement des technologiques informatiques dont les V.I. dépendent dans l’espoir d’une « troisième révolution industrielle »  . Un engouement croissant, une offre encore immature et segmentée L’homme d’affaires, surtout s’il est informaticien  , y voit une lucrative voie d’accès aux partenariats public-privé : le marché mondial des technologies utilisée pour les projets de V.I. est estimé à 116Mds $  entre 2010 et 2016. Positivisme, déni de démocratie et empreinte environnementale : 3 risques de faire de la V.I. l’ultime utopie Le Corbusier estimait que « là où naît l’ordre, naît le bien-être » et rêvait de faire de la maison une « machine à habiter ».
On Being Wrong In Paris: Finding Truth in Wrong Answers Here’s a problem that’s harder than it seems: Where is Paris? Any simple response proves more ambiguous and brittle than you would expect. But across an ocean of data lies a new way to discover answers, one that accommodates complexity because it is sourced in complexity. A reasonable answer is “the political boundary of the city of Paris, France”. You’d be in not-Paris, hit the city limits, and immediately be in-Paris. No ambiguity, unless you instead meant any of Paris’ other defined statistical areas: its aire urbaine (metropolitan area), pôle urbain (urban area) or couronne périurbaine (commuter belt). Or keep getting your Jules Verne on straight through Paris, France and across the globe. Each of the Parises above is decidedly objective: an unambiguous boundary defined by a central authority. With the information age fully upon us, there’s another way to answer the question “Where is Paris?” What you get is a noisy collection of people: Let’s keep going down this path.