big data

An article on big think examines a project to find the unique qualities of urban street grids as an exercise in the potential of Big Data.
Dec 9, 2014   Big Think
Boston is considering regulatory changes that would extend the hours of late night services like alcohol sales and transit. An editorial in the Boston Globe recommends a data-driven approach for deciding where to implement the nightlife experiment.
Jun 16, 2014   Boston Globe
A private bus service launched this week in Boston that decides service based on crowdsourced data on where and when people need to travel.
Jun 6, 2014   New York Times
A writer laments the advances made by data collection in cities—once a location where people could maintain or seek anonymity.
Apr 23, 2014   New York Times
Two former Mozilla engineers strive to merge big data with a 3D model of London and, potentially, other cities.
Apr 11, 2014   FastCompany
New Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has installed a large data dashboard in his office to track the performance of everything from city services, hot line call volume, and social media sentiment.
Mar 21, 2014   The Boston Globe
The extent to which cities will build data collection systems into the infrastructure—or how much we’ll voluntarily gather and share information from our smartphones—has yet to be determined. Here is a survey of what some cities have launched so far.
Mar 6, 2014   Woodhouse
Jeremy Cato pens an editorial on the dark side of connected cars—the data necessary to track and integrate so many card will allow unprecedented invasions of privacy.
Mar 3, 2014   The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
In a long read for Metropolis Magazine, Alex Marshall describes the implications of the “Smart City” movement, including the risk of turning over massive data collection operations to large corporations.
Feb 24, 2014   Metropolis Magazine
Shannon Mattern surveys the new wave of urban data science projects and argues that practitioners are trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.
Nov 14, 2013   Places Journal
In the future, big data is supposed to help cities improve and optimize their operations. According to a new report that documents the innovative uses of data and evidence by seven major cities, the future is now.
Nov 13, 2013   Fast Company Co.Exist