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Winter Wonderland

It’s been a wet and drab December so far – so why not escape the gloom and get into the spirit of the season with the biggest Christmas market/funfair in London? Winter Wonderland, which occupies a huge space at the eastern end of Hyde Park, stretching almost from Marble Arch to Hyde Park Corner. The […]

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London’s Rivers in Porcelain

The Little Globe Company is Loraine Rutt, a London-based cartographer and artist who specialises in maps created from clay, perhaps most famously crafting and hand-painting miniature porcelain globes in painstakingly precise detail. Her output is not just globe-based though, as this piece, showing London’s relief (hills and valleys) as well as its river network, both […]

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East End Independents – 2018 Edition

This lovely map, hand-created by artist-cartographer Adam Dant, which was commissioned by the East End Trades Guild, is launched today at their Christmas takeover of Old Spitalfields Market – you’ll be able to pick up a free copy there. The map shows the locations of some of the more interesting traders and small businesses in […]

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Spatiotemporal Variation in Travel Regularity

It seems life and work is less than compatible with #content generation for this blog, so ‘why don’t I just’, I figure, ‘write a short piece about the research I have been doing in all this time’. I also figured this was a good idea, so here is the first in what I’m going to …

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10 years of Mapping for Change

November 24 marks 10 years since Louise Francs, Chris Church and myself set up Mapping for Change. It’s a proud moment when the social enterprise that was set out of a research project at UCL is now well established, and the work that it does is mentioned in the annual report of the Chief Medical … Continue reading 10 years of Mapping for Change

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Mapping Brexit votes using novel e-petition data and machine learning

21st Nov 2018 PGRG Blog #15 Nik Lomax In our paper “Estimating the outcome of UKs referendum on EU membership using e-petition data and machine learning algorithms“, recently published in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, we use novel e-petition data and machine learning algorithms to estimate the Brexit leave vote percentage for UK parliamentary constituencies. … More Mapping Brexit votes using novel e-petition data and machine learning

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Citizen Science: Expertise, Democracy and Public Participation – Report for Swiss Science Council

One of the joys of the Doing it Together Science project is that it provides opportunities to work closely with different partners from very different areas. One such a collaboration is with Bruno Strasser and his group at the University of Geneva who are researching citizen science from an STS/history of science perspective. Over the … Continue reading Citizen Science: Expertise, Democracy and Public Participation – Report for Swiss Science Council

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The family get together for education geographers

15th November 2018 PGRG Blog #14 Lili Xiang Attending the Third International Conference on Geographies of Education (GoE III) was really a memorable and inspiring experience for me. I am a final year PhD student from the School of Geography, University of Leeds. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a geography teacher and form … More The family get together for education geographers

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The Covent Gardener

In celebration of the Christmas lights being switched on in Covent Garden this evening, we feature this lovely map of the precinct, which has been drawn by artist Adam Dant, for The Covent Gardener, a periodical that focuses on the landmarks, shops and residents and characters of London’s famous and bustling shopping and tourism heart, […]

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New publication: Participatory citizen science

I’ve mentioned in the previous posts about the introduction and conclusions chapters in the book “Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy” and the chapter about citizen science in universities. The final chapter in the book that I would like to highlight is my chapter “participatory citizen science“. As Rick Bonney pointed to me, on the face … Continue reading New publication: Participatory citizen science

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Impressions from the Third International Conference on Geographies of Education

12th November, 2018 PGRG Blog #13 Jacob Fairless Nicholson   Jacob Fairless Nicholson is a postgraduate researcher in his third year at King’s College London. His work charts the geographies of ‘Black education spaces’ in London 1960-1990. Jacob visited the three-day Third International Conference on Geographies of Education at Loughborough University (Monday 3rd September to … More Impressions from the Third International Conference on Geographies of Education

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New publication: Integrating citizen science into university

In addition to the introduction and conclusion chapters in the book “Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy“, I have contributed to content chapters that are at the body of the book. Daniel Wyler, from the University of Zurich, led on the writing of the chapter “Integrating citizen science into university” and I … Continue reading New publication: Integrating citizen science into university

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New publication: Citizen science to foster innovation in open science, society and policy

The previous post described the opening chapter of “Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Policy, Science and Society“, which apart from the first 7 pages, is following a fairly standard pattern of introduction chapters – an overview of the sections and explaining the logic behind organising the chapters and the order that they appear, and description … Continue reading New publication: Citizen science to foster innovation in open science, society and policy

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New publication: Innovation in open science, society and policy – setting the agenda for citizen science

As part of the editorial team of the book “Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Policy, Science and Society“, I have contributed by working with the authors of chapters, organising the orders of the chapters, managing the peer review process, and so on. In addition, I was involved in the writing to 4 chapters out of … Continue reading New publication: Innovation in open science, society and policy – setting the agenda for citizen science

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Five online training modules on citizen science

At the beginning of the year, as part of my work at UCL and together with members of the Extreme Citizen Science group, I launched a new postgraduate level course “Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing“. We have opened it for distance learners on the UCL eXtend platform. As a postgraduate course, it required … Continue reading Five online training modules on citizen science

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UCL Sustainability week – a global university that is also Sommers Town local university

UCL is marking its sustainability week between 29th October and 4th November. As part of the activities to mark the Green UCL initiative. I was interviewed to this video, together with other researchers and professional staff who are committed to integrating sustainability into their work. The video was shot around UCL and the nearby area. … Continue reading UCL Sustainability week – a global university that is also Sommers Town local university

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Nature article on citizen science: mixing typologies

About a week ago, the journal Nature published a feature article about Citizen Science No “PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research“, with the subtitle: “Projects that recruit the public are getting more ambitious and diverse, but the field faces some growing pains.” The report was written by the science journalist Aisling Irwin who contacted me, among … Continue reading Nature article on citizen science: mixing typologies

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Social Innovation and Citizen Science in Shanghai & Shenzhen

During the 22 to 29 October, I visited Shanghai & Shenzhen together with Michael Norton (CIVA), who organised the visit, and Liz Barry (Public Lab). This was a packed tour, with two all-day workshops that are dedicated to citizen science (one in Fudan University, Shanghai, and the other as part of the Asian Environmental Innovation … Continue reading Social Innovation and Citizen Science in Shanghai & Shenzhen

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FindMeACoin: a Platform to Support Offline Trading of Cryptocurrencies

Trading crypto currency offline1, in person, is the quickest way of acquiring/selling crypto coins. It is also the only way of not exposing any identity information. This post presents a platform for finding buyers/sellers for crypto currencies in a certain … Continue reading

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3D Map of Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution

Air pollution has long been a problem in London, and the current mayor has identified pollution as one of his major goals to highlight and tackle polluion, and improve the capital’s air quality during his time in charge. This map, of the modelled 2020 annual pollution levels of NO2, has been produced by Parallel, using […]

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London’s 9 Million Day – Delayed

I’ve been keeping an eye on London’s population projections, and indeed have featured them in a couple of presentations recently – at a TedX event and also a CRUK data visualisation conference at The Crick. By taking the most recent mid-year population estimates for London, and the annual population change, I can simply linearly extrapolate … Continue reading London’s 9 Million Day – Delayed

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Urban Rambles

Urban Rambles is a new book by Nicholas Rudd-Jones, featuring walks through many of England’s cities. The book comes with a 22 route maps, drawn by illustrator Sara Mulvanny (see her portfolio page for the book), including a couple in London, which we feature here. Above is the “London Inner Circle” which stretches from Hyde […]

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