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Luxembourg Nexus Futures project

The Luxembourg Nexus Futures project has been established and run by Dr Ariane König (University of Luxembourg). The project is exploring the challenges of nexus (water-energy-food) in the in the Luxembourg context. Using the river partnerships (Upper Sure and Syr) they look into different dimensions of sustainability. The project is looking at sustainability science and sustainability … Continue reading Luxembourg Nexus Futures project

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GSF-NESTI Open Science & Scientific Excellence workshop – researcher, participants, and institutional aspects

The Global Science Forum – National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (GSF-NESTI) Workshop on “Reconciling Scientific Excellence and Open Science” (for which you can see the full report here) asked the question “What do we want out of science and how can we incentivise and monitor these outputs?”. In particular, the objective of the … Continue reading GSF-NESTI Open Science & Scientific Excellence workshop – researcher, participants, and institutional aspects

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OECD Open Science and Scientific Excellence Workshop – Paris

The OECD organised and hosted a Global Science Forum (GSF) and National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) Workshop on  “Reconciling Scientific Excellence and Open Science: What do we want out of science and how can we incentivise and monitor these outputs?” (9 April, 2018, OECD). In agreement with the OECD Secretariat, the information … Continue reading OECD Open Science and Scientific Excellence Workshop – Paris

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Bikeshare Docking Station Data Release

My research lab, the Consumer Data Research Centre, is making available much of the docking station empty/full observation data that I have been collecting, at frequent intervals (up to every 2 minutes) for generally the last 5 to 8 years, for over 50 citeis around the world. I already get numerous requests for this data … Continue reading Bikeshare Docking Station Data Release

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Representation of the people in science: Women in civic and citizen science – event summary

On the 19th March, as part of UCL activities to the that accompany the UCL Exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL”, we hosted a panel of talks on how to open up science and engineering to new audiences, especially the representation of women in science. The event was called “Representation of … Continue reading Representation of the people in science: Women in civic and citizen science – event summary

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London Mapped Jigsaw Puzzle

Mapping London has long enjoyed Stephen Walter’s fabulously detailed, painstakingly created pencil-sketch maps of London, and now one of his most famous works, The Island, has been made into a jigsaw puzzle. It was launched late last year by publishers Prestel UK and comes as a 500-piece work. The team at Mapping London Towers likes […]

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Population Analysis of London Bikeshare Systems

Mobike, one of London’s four bikeshare operators (with Urbo, Ofo and Santander Cycles) as today expanded to Newham. The operators are being driven by different borough approaches and priorities, which is resulting in a patchwork quilt of operating areas, although the London Assembly is today pushing for a more London-wide approach to regulation of the … Continue reading Population Analysis of London Bikeshare Systems

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Who is Dr Hannah Fry? Mathematician, UCL lecturer and presenter of Contagion! and Trainspotting Live – The Sun

Who is Dr Hannah Fry? Mathematician, UCL lecturer and presenter of Contagion! and Trainspotting Live
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She is now a lecturer in the mathematics of cities at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. The research team include a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, architects, geographers and computer scientists to study patterns of human behaviour

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Data Fest18 hosts Scottish school girls – insider.co.uk


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Data Fest18 hosts Scottish school girls
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Thirty school girls from the High School of Dundee , St Margaret’s Academy and Newbattle High School got the chance to hear about working in data and data science at an event in Edinburgh, hosted by Microsoft . They met Dr Hannah Fry , whose

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FOSS4G UK 2018 Meeting and OpenLayers 4

I attended and presented at the FOSS4G UK conference in central London, in early March. I was scheduled to present in the cartography track, near the end of the conference, and it ended up being an excellent session, the other speakers being Charley Glynn, digital cartographer extraordinaire from the Ordnance Survey, who talked on “The … Continue reading FOSS4G UK 2018 Meeting and OpenLayers 4

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Learning from the Arava Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research workshop

The Eilot region, near Eilat in Israel, is considered locally as a remote part of the Negev desert in Israel (it is about 3.5h drive from the population centres of Tel Aviv). It is an arid desert, with very sparse population – about 4000 people who live in communal settlements – mostly kibbutzim in an area … Continue reading Learning from the Arava Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research workshop

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Strava Labs Heatmap of Runners

This stunning map reveals the athletic footprint of London. Strava have taken their huge volume of movement data, recorded by runners, cyclists and other data-enabled fitness peeps and created a heatmap of London (and indeed, the world). Many people use Strava to record their cycle to work, whereas running to work is much rarer, so […]

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From environmental management to organisational strategy development: Using Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response with ECSA

This week, together with Margaret Gold, I facilitated a strategy meeting of the European Citizen Science Association. At the moment, because a recent lecture in the Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing course that was dedicated to environmental citizen science, the “Driving forces-Pressures-State-Impacts -Responses” (DPSIR) is in the front of my mind. In addition, … Continue reading From environmental management to organisational strategy development: Using Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response with ECSA

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Participatory soundscape sensing – joint paper with Dr Chunming Li

One of the lovely aspects of scientific research is its international dimension – the opportunity to collaborate with people from different places, cultures, and necessarily practices and points of view. During 2017, Dr Chnming Li, of the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Science, was a visiting researcher in ExCiteS. Dr Li … Continue reading Participatory soundscape sensing – joint paper with Dr Chunming Li

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Bikeshare in London – Borough Update

Borough Update Meanwhile, the borough-by-borough rollout of dockless in London continues. Wandsworth has a forthcoming pilot, and has published the responses to a questionnaire given to six potential operators. Nearby Richmond is also planning on trialing dockless “by April”. Redbridge is bringing Ofo and Urbo in on 2 March. This will give Urbo a contiguous … Continue reading Bikeshare in London – Borough Update

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Future Transport Report and Dockless in London

The GLA published an interesting report last week: Future transport – How is London responding to technological innovation. It focused mainly on drones, driverless cars and app-based services (as an example, CityMapper’s experimenting on turning its huge desire-line dataset, created from the data of its millions of users and their journeys, into a group-based taxishare … Continue reading Future Transport Report and Dockless in London

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From Disruption to Dystopia: Silicon Valley Envisions the City of the Future – Daily Beast


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From Disruption to Dystopia: Silicon Valley Envisions the City of the Future
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… the tech companies’ own workers and whatever other people with skills the machines haven’t yet replaced are a new class of urban serfs living in small apartments, along with a much larger class of dependent persons living on “income maintenance

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Family ties, internal migration and immobility

The FamilyTies project: Family ties, internal migration and immobility Feb 17, 2018 PGRG Blog #9, February 2018 Clara H. Mulder Population geographers have played an important role in gaining understanding of migration patterns, processes and outcomes. However, despite a growing research attention to inter-generational care and geographical distances between family members, the role of ties … More Family ties, internal migration and immobility

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Tranquil Pavement

Tranquil Pavement is an online map recently launched by the Tranquil City project based in London, in association with the Outlandish Cooperative and funded by Organicity. It aims to highlight tranquil places to visit, if the hustle and bustle of city life gets too much, by plotting “crowdsourced “locations – referenced in an Instagram feed […]

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DITOs, Doing It TOgether Science – introductory video

The Doing It Together Science (DITOs) project is now in its 20th Month. It is a 3-year project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, that is aimed to increase awareness of and participation in citizen science across Europe and beyond. As such, it is focused on communication, coordination, and support of citizen science activities. Therefore, … Continue reading DITOs, Doing It TOgether Science – introductory video

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Citizen Science & Scientific Crowdsourcing – week 5 – Data quality

This week, in the “Introduction to Citizen Science & Scientific Crowdsourcing“, our focus was on data management, to complete the first part of the course (the second part starts in a week’s time since we have a mid-term “Reading Week” at UCL). The part that I’ve enjoyed most in developing was the segment that addresses … Continue reading Citizen Science & Scientific Crowdsourcing – week 5 – Data quality

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Chiswick Timeline

The Chiswick Timeline, a mural of maps showing the history of the pleasant west London neighbourhood, was successfully crowdfunded and launched last month. It appears alongside a road as it passes underneath a railway bridge by Turnham Green station. A commemorative book, reproducing the work, is available to buy online or at Foster’s Bookshop on […]

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Dockless Continues to Expand – Here’s the Data

It looks like Brent will be the next London borough to get dockless bikeshare, with Mobike likely to be setting up in the borough within the next few weeks. The operator is not confirmed, although strongly hinted at, including by the council themselves. The choice of Mobike makes sense, as the operator already has a … Continue reading Dockless Continues to Expand – Here’s the Data

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