Finding small villages in big cities

Daily life in cities tends to differ from daily life in small towns, especially by who we interact with. The MIT Senseable City Lab and the Santa Fe Institute studied this social aspect — individuals’ contacts by city size — through anonymized mobile phone logs. As expected, those in cities with greater populations tended to have more … Continue Reading »

Open Data in New York City

After the economic recession at the beginning of the last century, the United States government provided various different services within cities, such as social services. Unfortunately, because of poor management (Desai et al. 2012; Axinn, Stern 2011; Marx 2003; Reid 1995), these services often failed. Therefore, people asked for freedom and independence from these services. … Continue Reading »

Launch of Morgenstadt City Challenge

  International competition: Open to all municipalities aiming to improve their sustainability credentials. What makes a town or city fit for the future? Fraunhofer IAO, together with its numerous industry and city partners in the Innovation Network “Morgenstadt: City Insights” has developed an action-oriented model to provide precise answers to this question. Now they’ve launched an … Continue Reading »

edx course: Next Generation Infrastructures – Part 1

Starting April 23, 2014, Margot Weijnen and Ernst ten Heuvelhof from the Delft University of Technology will conduct a course on edx that will explore the complexity and challenges of infrastructure systems (Transport, Energy, IT/Telecom and Water) in the 21st century. From the course description: Imagine how your life would be without electricity to power the devices you use … Continue Reading »

Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams

On FifeThirtyEigth Gretchen Johnson and Aaron Johnson wrote an interesting article about whether or not bike lanes have a negative effect on traffic. While these days more and more cities ike New York City, San Francisco and Chicago also take the bicycle drivers into account, the question arises if they actually make traffic worse. Bike lanes are in the planning or construction phases in Louisville, Ky., Raleigh, N.C., the Buckhead neighborhood … Continue Reading »

Open Access Maps at NYPL

Yesterday morning I found a link on Another Word for It that the New York Public Library published more than 20,000 maps under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication license. The post from New York Public Library: The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than … Continue Reading »

Who wants to live where? A summary

In my thesis I developed, based on the German Socio-Economic Panel, a procedure that calculates optimal neighborhood profiles for any subpopulation. The neighborhood profiles are based solely on physical and social infrastructure characteristics. The residential location needs of individual households were grouped so that households with a similar profile were combined. Conversely, it is also … Continue Reading »

Mexico City or Sim City?

When I saw the image above for the first time on the National Geographic website, after getting a link from the Revolution Analytics Blog, I was wondering why they took a screenshot from Sim City. Only on the second view I realized, that it is a real city. Did you notice? In fact it’s a real photo … Continue Reading »

Humanitarian UAViators Network

Patrick Meier launched a volunteer network to connect responsible civilian UAV pilots who are interested in safely and legally supporting humanitarian efforts when the need arises. In the mission of the draft strategy document it says: [The mission is to] Create a global volunteer network of responsible civilian and hobbyist UAV pilots to facilitate information sharing, coordination … Continue Reading »

Starting Work on the Humanitarian Exchange Language Initiative

As UN OCHA writes in a recent blogpost, the work on building standards for sharing data among the groups involved in crisis response is starting. The Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) initiative is a year-long effort with three major goals: develop an initial set of simple standards for humanitarian data; pilot those standards in three countries (Colombia, Kenya, and Yemen); and … Continue Reading »