Energy Infrastructure with Real-time Storm Information

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.

Pulse of the city

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.

Results of MicroMappers Response to Pakistan Earthquake

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 »

Localize Python with gettext

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:

The _() around your messages … Continue Reading »

Legislative XML Data Mapping

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 »

New York Times: Reshaping New York

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 »