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Agent-based Modelling and Geographic Information Science – A Whole Book!

I’m very excited to report the publishing of our new book on Agent-based Modelling and Geographic Information Science in January 2019! Co-authored with Andrew Crooks, Nick Malleson, and Alison Heppenstall, the book aims to provide a broad and practical overview of building spatial agent-based models. It includes a vast set of example models, written in …

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A Day with HERE at CES

I was a guest earlier this week at HERE Techologies at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas, the world’s biggest consumer electronics trade show. Their booth was directly right outside the main entrance to the Convention Centre, the hub of CES, right beside Google’s own huge one. The juxtaposition was interesting, the … Continue reading A Day with HERE at CES

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A Glimpse of the Future in Paris

I was in Paris just before Christmas, taking part in a workshop at IFSSTAR (Université Paris-Est) on innovations in flow visualisation – GFlowiz. I talked/demonstrated some old and new ways that I and others have shown commute journeys in the UK on the web, looking both at The Great British Bike to Work and TubeCreature … Continue reading A Glimpse of the Future in Paris

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HERE Urban Mobility Index

The HERE Urban Mobility Index profiles 30 cities around the world, looking at how connected, sustainable, affordable and innovative they are, relating to urban mobility – the options that people have to move around the city area. London is one of the cities and scores first place for its public transport efficiency and low emission […]

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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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