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ECSA2016 ThinkCamp Challenge: how can Overleaf support collaborative writing between academics and citizen scientists?

Overleaf, ThinkCamp Challenge, collaborative writing – lots of jargon for a title – so let’s start by explaining them and I then cover what happened (that’s an Abstract). Background – what are Overleaf, ThinkCamp, and Challenge? (Introduction) Overleaf  is a scientific technology company that offer a collaborative environment for writing scientific papers. Overlaf is based on LaTeX  … Continue reading ECSA2016 ThinkCamp Challenge: how can Overleaf support collaborative writing between academics and citizen scientists?

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Mapping Data: Beyond the Choropleth

I recently gave a presentation as part of an NCRM Administrative Data Research Centre England course: Introduction to Data Visualisation. The presentation focused on adapting choropleths to create better “real life” maps of socioeconomic data, showing the examples of CDRC Maps and named. I also presented some work from Neal Hudson, Duncan Smith and Ben … Continue reading Mapping Data: Beyond the Choropleth

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ECSA2016: Open Citizen Science – Day 3

[rough version – will be clean up soon!] Introduction and review of day 2 Muki Haklay University College London, UK Co-designing research projects: Citizen science meets stakeholder involvement Heribert Hofer IZW Berlin, Germany – Exploring stakeholders in citizen science, examples of co-design projects in ecology/conservation science. Looking at impacts on attitudes and behaviours of stakeholders. … Continue reading ECSA2016: Open Citizen Science – Day 3

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ECSA 2016: Open Citizen Science – Day 2 (Afternoon)

[rough draft – will be corrected and updated later] The afternoon started with citizen science studies – with short talks and interactive session that was about Citizen Science Studies – Engaging with the participatory turn in the co-production of science and society Elevator talks & interactive session organised by Dana Mahr University of Geneva, CH; Anett Richter … Continue reading ECSA 2016: Open Citizen Science – Day 2 (Afternoon)

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ECSA2016: Open Citizen Science – Day 2 (Morning)

After the opening day (see morning and afternoon posts) and the reception under the dinosaur at the museum, the second day started with a series of keynotes: Introduction and review of day 1 Marisa Ponti University of Gothenburg, Sweden: we’re opening a second day of the conference, and we want to reconnect to the first … Continue reading ECSA2016: Open Citizen Science – Day 2 (Morning)

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Participatory [Citizen] Science

‘Citizen Science as Participatory Science‘ is one of the most popular posts that I have published here. The post is the core section of a chapter that was published in 2013 (the post itself was written in 2011). For the first European Citizen Science Association conference I was asked to give a keynote on the second … Continue reading Participatory [Citizen] Science

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ECSA 2016: Open Science – Policy Innovation & Social Impact (Day 1 afternoon)

See the first post of the day here. After the afternoon break, the second afternoon panel was dedicated to started with Innovative approaches to civic engagement, learning & education Chair/Organiser: Taru Peltola French National Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Science and Research Michael J.O. Pocock Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK. Defined himself as an ecologist … Continue reading ECSA 2016: Open Science – Policy Innovation & Social Impact (Day 1 afternoon)

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ECSA 2016: Open Science – Policy Innovation & Social Impact (Day 1 morning)

[I’m publishing it full of typos closer to live blogging – come back in a day to see a nice version ]  The 19th May 2016 was a special day for the European Citizen Science Association, with the opening of the first conference of the organisation, focusing on the links between citizen science and open … Continue reading ECSA 2016: Open Science – Policy Innovation & Social Impact (Day 1 morning)

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Food Map of Waterloo

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I’ve seen maps of food locations in London before, but not one actually made of food. Food 4 Thought, created by artist Ali Zaidi a few years ago, for “Multiwalks”, a mobile tours platform, has a distinctly organic feel to it. Lower Marsh, a street full of eateries near Waterloo station, is mapped in detail […]

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A Map of Country of Birth Across the UK

Above: Areas of east and south-east London with more than 8% of inhabitants being originally from (from top to bottom) India (in East Ham), Lithuania (in Beckton) and Nigeria & Nepal (in Abbey Wood). Ever wondered why some branches of Tesco, the ubiquitous supermarket, have an American food section, while others have a Polish food … Continue reading A Map of Country of Birth Across the UK

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Cities are Many Things – Urban in Motion

Cities can be many things to its citizens. Urban as an acronym for constant change and transformation, a world to shape up dreams and visions. The artefact city as a construction and collage of layered times, hopes and desires is open to interpretation. Here on UT this has been a topic from the beginning and will continue to be.

How to read the city and how to visualise the many possible interpretation of data, charts and reports is part of the ongoing discussion shaping the building culture of the present. From smart cities to participation, technology has been branded pervasive, particularly in relation to cities and hopes have been pinned to the rise of data visualisation. There has not been a definite result, certainly a business case is pitched, but more importantly a very specific practice has emerged. A practice that is not only lauded by city officials and leading researchers, but has become part of the individual everyday. In the sense of a very early post: You are the city

An impression or interpretation thereof by the artist Saana Inari in a video installation made for Kiveaf about Belgrade back in 2013. Described as an Audiovisual installation is a study about the city of Belgrade, describing different sides of it, architecture, communication, traffic, humans…

Stop Motion Beograd. Video by Saana Inari on Vimeo.

Two to three channel vertical HD video, total duration 9 minutes. Stereo audio for the space, duration 10:30 min.
Director / Camera / Animation / Sound: Saana Inari, made for: Kiveaf, funding: Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse

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Cities are Many Things – Urban in Motion

Cities can be many things to its citizens. Urban as an acronym for constant change and transformation, a world to shape up dreams and visions. The artefact city as a construction and collage of layered times, hopes and desires is open to interpretation. Here on UT this has been a topic from the beginning and will continue to be.

How to read the city and how to visualise the many possible interpretation of data, charts and reports is part of the ongoing discussion shaping the building culture of the present. From smart cities to participation, technology has been branded pervasive, particularly in relation to cities and hopes have been pinned to the rise of data visualisation. There has not been a definite result, certainly a business case is pitched, but more importantly a very specific practice has emerged. A practice that is not only lauded by city officials and leading researchers, but has become part of the individual everyday. In the sense of a very early post: You are the city

An impression or interpretation thereof by the artist Saana Inari in a video installation made for Kiveaf about Belgrade back in 2013. Described as an Audiovisual installation is a study about the city of Belgrade, describing different sides of it, architecture, communication, traffic, humans…

Stop Motion Beograd. Video by Saana Inari on Vimeo.

Two to three channel vertical HD video, total duration 9 minutes. Stereo audio for the space, duration 10:30 min.
Director / Camera / Animation / Sound: Saana Inari, made for: Kiveaf, funding: Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse

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A Semester with Urban Analytics

This past semester I gave a new class at GMU entitled “Urban Analytics”. In a nutshell the class was about introducing students to a broad interdisciplinary field that focuses on the use of data to study cities. More specifcally the emphasis of the cla…

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A Semester with Urban Analytics

This past semester I gave a new class at GMU entitled “Urban Analytics”. In a nutshell the class was about introducing students to a broad interdisciplinary field that focuses on the use of data to study cities. More specifcally the emphasis of the cla…

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#FuturePub – Citizen Science, Open Science & scientific publications

Thanks to an invitation from John Hammersley of OverLeaf I gave a talk at #FuturePub 7 event, which was dedicated to “New Developments in Scientific Collaboration Tech”. The evening was structured around 7 very short talks (about 5 minutes) so my slides are a very short introduction to citizen science (in this event, I would say that … Continue reading #FuturePub – Citizen Science, Open Science & scientific publications

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Does your department care about tax havens?

Oxfam published a press release yesterday containing an open letter to world leaders calling for them to “make significant moves towards ending the era of tax havens” which are “distorting the working of the global economy”. This seems to me like a pretty important intervention, and it’s a rare opportunity for economists to use their variably-justified … Continue reading “Does your department care about tax havens?”

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Securing funding and balancing efforts: a tale of 21 research applications

The last 3 months were a gradual sigh of relief for the Extreme Citizen Science group (ExCites), Mapping for Change (MfC), and for me. As the UCL engineering website announced, the ExCiteS group, which I co-direct, secured funding through 3 research grants from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme (H2020), with enough funding to continue … Continue reading Securing funding and balancing efforts: a tale of 21 research applications

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London, reimagined: alternative tube maps – in pictures – The Guardian


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London, reimagined: alternative tube maps – in pictures
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Cost of living. This map reveals the average monthly cost of renting a one-bedroom flat at every stop on the London Underground network. Hyde Park is the most expensive at £2,920m, and Hatton Cross comes in cheapest at £324. Photograph: Thrillist …

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Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Liverpool

Tweet    Thanks to generous funding from The Economic and Social Research Council, for a project called: ‘Changing Socio-Spatial Inequalities: Population change and the lived experience of inequality in urban South Africa’, there is a post-doctoral research opportunity available, based at the University of Liverpool.     Please see here for more details.     […]

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New Paper: Extreme Citizen Science – a new approach (in Portuguese)

One of the advantages of working in a multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse group is that I can become co-author in languages that I do not speak. Carolina Comandulli, who is doing her PhD research in the Brazil/Peru border area, led on the writing of a paper on ‘Extreme Citizen Science’ – we have collaborated on the writing … Continue reading New Paper: Extreme Citizen Science – a new approach (in Portuguese)

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Introducing “Doing It Together Science” – an EU citizen science project

The full details of new project is over on the Extreme Citizen Science blog (link below) so here is the two lines summary. Doing It Together Science (DITOs) is a three-year programme to increase public participation in scientific research and innovation across Europe. The project includes 11-partners and coordinated by UCL Extreme Citizen Science group. DITOs aims … Continue reading Introducing “Doing It Together Science” – an EU citizen science project

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Fully Funded EPSRC PhD studentship on population stability and residential mobility in London

Tweet    Fully Funded EPSRC PhD studentship on population stability and residential mobility in London     There is an excellent opportunity to apply for a fully funded 4-year EPSRC PhD studentship at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, focusing on the long term prospects of large urban residential development initiatives in London in […]

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London’s Canals & Rivers

These attractive hand-drawn maps have been produced for a pocket guide “London’s Canals & Rivers” published by the Canal & River Trust by illustrator and cartographer Bek Cruddace. They show the navigable waterways around London, including the Thames and Lea Rivers and the Regent’s and Grand Union canals. The maps are designed for walkers and […]

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ERC Advanced Grant: Extreme Citizen Science: Analysis and Visualisation

Now that the press release by the European Research Council (ERC) is out, it’s time to share the great news: The Extreme Citizen Science group has secured €2.5m from the ERC to continue our journey towards Intelligent Maps. Building on the work that we’ve done with the support of the EPSRC in Extreme Citizen Science,  and the … Continue reading ERC Advanced Grant: Extreme Citizen Science: Analysis and Visualisation

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Economists should start doing themselves out of a job

The reason why teaching undergrads is the best job I’ve ever done is because interacting with intelligent, energetic people is not the once-in-a-while happy coincidence it is in most jobs, but it’s the central purpose of what you’re supposed to be doing. Sure, there are the hours of marking, the jocks, the whingers (colleagues that … Continue reading “Economists should start doing themselves out of a job”

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