12 Big Data Predictions for 2014

Big Data had been one of the buzzwords of 2013. Thor Olavsrud from CIO.com looks at 12 ways the technology and the market will evolve in the coming year. My favorite one is: Analytics based on the R programming language, geared specifically for data scientists performing statistical analysis, will go mainstream in 2014, according to Alteryx, edging … Continue Reading »

Discover Your Neighborhood with Census Explorer

On http://blogs.census.gov/ Michael Ratcliffe describes the new Census Explorer, an interactive mapping tool for the governmental census data. Our customers often want to explore neighborhood-level statistics and see how their communities have changed over time. Our new Census Explorer interactive mapping tool makes this easier than ever. It provides statistics on a variety of topics, such as percent … Continue Reading »

London in Motion

This animation, produced by Jay Gordon, shows the daily flows of London’s commuters. It combines the 16 million or so daily transactions made with London’s Oyster cards with vehicle-location data from the city’s 8,500 buses to infer journeys of approximately 3.1 million Oyster users. The work behind this formed part of Jay’s masters thesis.

Michael Batty about Big Data and Smart Cities

This video is about the use of (big) data in urban systems. Batty talks about how they analyze the public transportation system in London. There are two things that are quite interesting. The first is his definition of big data: “big data is everything that doesn’t go into an Excel spreadsheet”. The other thing, that … Continue Reading »

Civic Tech Landscape

Nathan Yau pointed out that Fathom Information Design, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and Quid, visualized the growth of the civic tech landscape. They based their findings on an analysis of terms used to describe civic tech organizations and investments in them. A new report released today by Knight titled “The Emergence of Civic … Continue Reading »

Some fun: ASCII fluid simulator

Here’s a neat fluid simulation program that runs entirely in ASCII: If you want to try it out yourself you can download the souce code for the program here. Just feed it a text file with an ASCII art drawing of the scenario you want to simulate (more details here). What you may have missed is that in … Continue Reading »