big data

June 6, 2014, 9am PDT
A private bus service launched this week in Boston that decides service based on crowdsourced data on where and when people need to travel.
New York Times
April 23, 2014, 2pm PDT
A writer laments the advances made by data collection in cities—once a location where people could maintain or seek anonymity.
New York Times
April 11, 2014, 2pm PDT
Two former Mozilla engineers strive to merge big data with a 3D model of London and, potentially, other cities.
FastCompany
March 21, 2014, 1pm PDT
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.
The Boston Globe
March 6, 2014, 8am PST
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.
Woodhouse
March 3, 2014, 12pm PST
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.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
February 24, 2014, 1pm PST
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.
Metropolis Magazine
November 14, 2013, 6am PST
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.
Places Journal
November 13, 2013, 9am PST
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.
Fast Company Co.Exist
July 23, 2013, 2pm PDT
With thousands of abandoned homes located in neighborhoods of varying shape and character, Chicago has a massive challenge in returning its vacant properties to active use. Can algorithms help leaders decide on the right solutions?
Next City
June 28, 2013, 7am PDT
Carl Skelton argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to participate fully in the digital cities of the near future.
Places Journal
May 27, 2013, 9am PDT
An app for locating discarded tires and a program to map the condition of the city's sidewalks are two examples of local initiatives aimed at improving Atlanta's environment. With the Mayor's embrace, the city is trying to catch up to tech trends.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
May 10, 2013, 1pm PDT
Data collection and analysis promise to make our cities better, and more efficient, places to live. Though many cities are expanding their digital integration, several obstacles remain to realizing the full potential of the urban data revolution.
Governing
March 25, 2013, 5am PDT
Alan Feuer profiles the work of New York City's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, a "geek squad of civic-minded number-crunchers" turning the city's trove of digital data into actionable information.
The New York Times
December 27, 2012, 11am PST
Researchers at the University of Chicago are tackling a problem that is confronting the globe's biggest cities: how to turn the reams of data being collected and opened to the public and turn it into actionable information for decision-makers.
DNAinfo.com Chicago
December 19, 2012, 1pm PST
The "Best of" roll continues with Emily Badger's list of the most useful tools, maps and data visualizations to make use of municipal open data over the past year.
The Atlantic Cities
Blog post
December 7, 2012, 3pm PST
The emerging methods of urban governance, planning, design, and management made possible by technological advances in data collection, analysis, and communication promise to make our cities better, and more efficient, places to live. The Urban Systems Collaborative, a unique gathering of voices from academia and industry, is fostering a discussion about improving our cities through technology.
Peter Carter
November 15, 2012, 5am PST
A new web-based software, described as a "Google Analytics for local governments," allows smaller cities to get involved in the Gov 2.0 revolution, reports Ariel Schwartz.
Fast Company Co.Exist
May 24, 2012, 7am PDT
Ben Hecht offers his insights on what civic leaders should do to capitalize on big data and how efforts in Chicago are turning these ideas into reality.
Huffington Post
Blog post
February 27, 2012, 7am PST

Already a major technology trend, 2012 promises to be a watershed for "big data." A shorthand term for the proliferation of large datasets, big data also refers to the expansion of analytic techniques for teasing meaning from the vast archives of information produced by the digital world. The New York Times' Steve Lohr declared we have entered the "age of big data" in a recent article that compared it with another revolutionary research tool -- the microscope.

Robert Goodspeed
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