European Biomass Industry Association - REPOWERMAP A European map for promoting renewable energies and energy efficiency The aim of this project is to promote renewable energies and energy efficiency by raising awareness and facilitating information exchange with an interactive online map. On this map, concrete examples for sustainable energy use and related information are shown, to encourage people to follow these examples for using renewable energies and energy efficiency. Peter Smirniotopoulos: We Need an Education System that Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking This is the second in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. The first installment, "Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart," explored the emerging political discourse criticizing public education and being well-educated, and how the toxic environment it creates makes real reform even more problematic. This installment argues in favor of a paradigm shift in primary and secondary education. In early October 2011, I wrote "Three Innovative Ideas, Which Could Help the Economy,... but No One's Talking About Them," In that blog entry I argued that comprehensive education reform was one "innovative idea" that could help transform the domestic economy. Specifically, I suggested that:
Urban Bricolage anniekoh: The temporary public art work Loaded Text has made me more obsessed with ways of making planning public. The artists Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler “hand wrote the entire 65-page text of the Downtown Durham Revitalization Plan on a 150-foot stretch of damaged sidewalk” (source) Description from the Museum of Durham History on a retrospective of the work created in June 1989 by artists Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler in downtown Durham: Mobile Government Mobile technology is changing the way people find and use information and services. How does government interact with the public in this anytime, anywhere world? This Making Mobile Gov Project is helping agencies work together to make a more open, innovative government to meet 21st century citizen expectations. We are starting by helping you discover information and make the case for mobile in your agency. Next, we want you to join in and discuss the challenges to mobile gov.
The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion Over the next decade, cities will continue to grow larger and more rapidly. At the same time, new technologies will unlock massive streams of data about cities and their residents. As these forces collide, they will turn every city into a unique civic laboratory—a place where technology is adapted in novel ways to meet local needs. This ten-year forecast map, The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion, charts the important intersections between urbanization and digitalization that will shape this global urban experiment, and the key tensions that will arise. The explosive growth of cities is an economic opportunity with the potential to lift billions out of poverty. Yet the speed of change and lack of pro-poor foresight has led to a swarm of urban problems—poor housing conditions, inadequate education and health care, and racial and ethnic inequalities.
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Resilient Cities - ICLEI: Home 15 April 2014 Together with eight international organizations ICLEI joined a new urban resilience partnership which was announced at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia last week. “There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for urban resilience in recent years. This new collaboration represents a consolidation of those efforts as we prepare for an explosion of urbanization in the 21st century” said Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR Chief and Co-patron of the Resilient Cities congress 2012 and 2013. Telecommunication statistics Data from September 2012. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database. Figure 1: Communications expenditure, 2010 (1)(% of GDP) - Source: Eurostat (isoc_tc_ite), European Information Technology Observatory (EITO)
New York Releases 'Road Map for the Digital City' New York City will develop an open government framework featuring APIs for city data, relaunch its website and make a host of changes to the way it presents government information online, according to a report prepared by the city and announced today. The city's newly minted chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne, prepared the report as her first task upon arriving in city hall. They're streaming a related announcement now, live, from New York City Hall. Open government efforts are just one part of a broader set of recommendations that discuss consolidating and standardizing the city's social media presences and strengthening the city's connection with the New York technology industry. There are no explicit plans in the report for increasing the number of available datasets — such as more detailed city budget data — but do include an "apps wishlist" to streamline the process of requesting more data. Update: Via NYCEDC, Here's the link to the report that the city is passing around.
64 Things Every Geek Should Know If you consider yourself a geek, or aspire to the honor of geekhood, here’s an essential checklist of must-have geek skills. The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything possible about a particular subject. A techie geek is usually one who knows a little about everything, and is thus the person family and friends turn to whenever they have a question.
EU research & innovation scoreboard 2012 EU makes progress, but growth slowing. This trend highlights the need to increase efforts if Europe’s economy is to maintain global competitiveness. Almost all EU countries have become better at fostering innovation, according to an annual research and innovation scoreboard But progress is slowing – and the EU still has not closed its innovation gap with international leaders the US, Japan and South Korea. On top of that, emerging economies such as China, Brazil, and India have been catching up over the past 5 years. The scoreboard makes clear that the EU will have to increase efforts to stimulate and speed up innovation if it is to boost – let alone maintain – its competitiveness.
Metadesigners Open Network An early prototype of The Lovers' Clock artwork See this set of notes on finding a more synergistic form of temporality M-government Mobile government, mGovernment, is the extension of eGovernment to mobile platforms, as well as the strategic use of government services and applications which are only possible using cellular/mobile telephones, laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and wireless internet infrastructure. The world's first mGovernment studies initiated by Professor I. Kushchu in Japan at the mGovLab - now grown into Mobile Government Consortium Int (mGCI) www.mgovernment.org - setting the stage for the transformation from eGovernment to mGovernment.