big data

October 9, 2015, 9am PDT
The workout-tracking app Strava provided generous access to its data to allow a compare and contrast exercise in how people ride bikes in 12 of the most famous cities in the world.
Vox
September 3, 2015, 6am PDT
The potential of "Smart Cities" is still very much under negotiation. Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard University surveyed what cities are doing so far to take advantage of the Internet of things.
Data-Smart City Solutions
Feature
July 20, 2015, 2pm PDT
Planners will be presented with new challenges and opportunities in a new era of data-enhanced government.
Kendra L. Smith and Kevin C. Desouza
Blog post
July 16, 2015, 2pm PDT
As city planners we are increasingly recording, measuring, and organizing city data—a practice known as urban science. Learn about resources across the globe helping to better understand our cities.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
June 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Earlier in June, Google announced the creation of an "urban innovation company" called Sidewalk Labs. One writer explains the genesis of the company as well as its potential for the future of how cities operate.
Pacific Standard
June 22, 2015, 2pm PDT
An article in Boom: A Journal of California extends the timeline of "smart cities" and "big data" efforts by a considerable amount—all the way back to the late 1960s.
BOOM: A Journal of California
Feature
June 3, 2015, 6am PDT
Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges.
Michael Mehaffy
May 10, 2015, 11am PDT
This is what "smart cities" technology looks like: A new product called Inrix Insights offers planners and businesses a platform by which to access the data created by the use of connected cars.
ITProPortal
Blog post
April 3, 2015, 2pm PDT
Many smartphone users have a fitness app that they use to track their routes and progress on fitness goals. The data in these apps is a gold mine for planners, helping lead to better infrastructure investments.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
March 9, 2015, 2pm PDT
Welcome to the age of "Dashboard Governance"—when a good user interface offers the potential for performance advantages to city management.
Places Journal
February 6, 2015, 2pm PST
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have spent the last 18 months scouring the New York Subway in the search for a DNA profile of the system. They even created a map of the 15,152 microbes they found.
Science Daily
January 28, 2015, 9am PST
A survey of the quickly broadening reach of data about the movement of traffic reveals the next step necessary to achieve congestion nirvana: unfettered access to private cell phone data.
Next City
January 15, 2015, 7am PST
After months of speculation and calls for transportation network companies to share data that might be helpful in refining the transportation systems of cities, Uber has announced a partnership with Boston that could do just that.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
January 8, 2015, 9am PST
Bridj, a tech-enabled "pop up" bus service that first hit the road in June of 2014, has expanded of service and launched a new version of its app with significant operational changes.
BetaBoston
December 9, 2014, 2pm PST
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.
Big Think
November 24, 2014, 10am PST
The Wall Street Journal examines a pair of businesses as examples of how new sources of data can be collected and sold. Orbital Insight, Inc, for instance, interprets the shadows cast by buildings.
The Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2014, 6am PDT
The legalization (or illegalization) process of Uber throughout the country allows city governments to leverage a data exchange with the company, but too many municipalities are passing up this momentous opportunity.
The Washington Post
September 13, 2014, 5am PDT
The opportunities from data-driven innovations are wide, but many communities experiencing the data divide are without access to or reporting of high-quality data, furthering them from these benefits.
Center for Data Innovation
Feature
August 25, 2014, 5am PDT
Private, crowdsourced mobile phone applications addressing urban mobility collect troves of data on how cities flow. So how can municipalities tap into these databases to accurately understand the movement of their citizens?
Ma'ayan Dembo
August 22, 2014, 6am PDT
Brian Wilt, a data scientist at Jawbone, the company behind many fitness trackers, aggregated sleeping patterns of people across the world to see how people's sleeping cycles compare.
Vox