Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Message of the Day

[Image Credit: The Poke]

ps. Sometimes I miss not having Wi-Fi around all the time...., but only sometimes.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Every Device Connected to the Internet

Quick post since I haven't had much time to procrastinate lately about this lovely map showing Every Device in the Worlds that is Connected to the Internet (via Harvey Miller).

The maps was created by John Matherly using matplotlib, a plotting library for Python.

[click on the image to enlarge it]

[image credit: John Matherly via Gizmodo]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bike-sharing in the world

The world leader in bike-sharing is… China  obviously!
"In fact, of the 20 biggest bike share programs on the planet, all but four are in China. The exceptions are Paris, London, Barcelona, and New York (and the last two tie for #20)."

 The full story is here, via Dan Hill.

[image credit: Quartz]

Related Links:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Listen to Durkheim delivering a talk

Kieran Healy (Duke Uni) and Marion Fourcade (Berkeley) found this recording of Émile Durkheim delivering a talk in 1911 (ht Pedro Souza). This is an amazing piece of history as Durkheim is one the the founding fathers of Sociology. He is also my favourite author of the three little pigs of Sociology, Durkheim, Weber and Marx.

In his blog, Kieran Healy writes:
"It’s a fragment of a piece titled Jugements de valeur et jugements de réalité, which you can read in French here. It was recorded in 1911 at a meeting in Bologna, which I think is one of only quite few times that Durkheim left France in order to attend a conference. Here it is. (There’s a short bit of dead silence at the beginning.)"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Big Data and Smart Urbanism

How smart are 'smart cities' ?
Unknown street artist, Poland

Big Data and Smart Cities are fairly recent buzzwords in the media and in the academic community. To be honest, these words are so commented that I cannot help rolling my eyes when I read researchers and journalists using them in a sloppy way, as they often do.

So I would like to share this presentation Rob Kitchin gave in Oxford Internet Institute (oii) on March 2014. Rob gives a broad picture of the cutting edge literature on smart urbanism. He also makes the concept of big data pretty clear by contrasting  it with more traditional types of data, like population census.  

In case you're interested, Rob's presentation is based in this paper recently published: The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014