A colleague of mine (Sigmund Kluckner) pointed out that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) published (just in time for the upcoming peak hurricane season) an interactive map that combines real-time data feeds from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center with more than 20 map layers showing the U.S. energy infrastructures and resources.
Every day, millions of people check in on Foursquare. Now they have published a year’s worth of check‑ins for six cities (Istanbul, London, Chicago, Tokyo, San Francisco and New York City) and plotted them on a map. Each dot represents a single check‑in, while the straight lines link sequential check‑ins. You can also see the pulse of other large cities here.
In an interesting post, Patrick Meier describes the use of social media in response to the earthquake in Pakistan. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) activated the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) in response to the Pakistan Earthquake. The activation request was for 48 hours, so the deployment will soon phase out. As already described here, … Continue Reading »
If you write scripts and publish them, it might be nice to offer a localized version of your script. To do so, you don’t have to rewrite your script for each language, but deliver translation files with your script. Lets say you have a file that looks like this:
import gettext # module for the string replacement
t = gettext.translation('APPNAME', "./locales") # where does gettext find the language files
_ = t.ugettext # definition of strings to be translated
name = "Dominik"
print _("Hello world")
print _("My name is: %s") % name
The _() around your messages … Continue Reading »
Challenge.gov, an online challenge platform administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with ChallengePost, announced two legislative data challenges: The Library of Congress is sponsoring two legislative data challenges to advance the development of international data exchange standards for legislative data. These challenges are an initiative to encourage broad participation in the development and application of legislative data standards … Continue Reading »
As we approach the last days of Michael Bloomberg as mayor of New York, it might be the time to look back and see how New York changed under his government. He had a tremendous impact on New York. During his time as mayor, New York added 40,000 new buildings and more than 170,000 additional … Continue Reading »