Getting the "pulse" of a city in real-time is a tricky job, but a team working at the Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis at UCL has come up with a dashboard for visualising key information about the place you live...
Have you ever looked at a pigeon and wished you could experience life through its beady eyes? Well now you can, thanks to the Pigeon Simulator, created by University College London researcher George Mackerron for a conference on smart cities at the university last week.
After six successful and pleasant previous International Conferences on Population Geographies in St Andrews (twice), Liverpool, Hong Kong, Dartmouth and Umea, the Population Research Centre of the University of Groningen is proud to present:
The 7th International Conference on Population Geographies, Groningen, 25-28 June 2013
Note the dates in your agenda!
Call for abstracts expected September 2012
Deadline for abstracts expected January 2013
Conference website (under construction): www.rug.nl/frw/icpg2013
Conference e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The organising team: Clara Mulder, Ori Rubin, Hans Elshof, Daniel Herbers, Eva Kibele, Kim van Dam
The following courses will be offered by the University of Leeds as part of the TALISMAN project, a node of the National Centre for Research Methods. These training sessions are open to any interested parties; if you have any questions, please contact Amy O’Neill, TALISMAN Project Assistant @ School of Geography, Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT - A.ONeill@leeds.ac.uk, Tel: 0113 343 7992
- June 27-28 – Introduction to Geographical Information Systems – Using MapInfo
- July 9 – Measures of Deprivation and Area Type
- July 26-27 – Introduction to Geographical Information Systems – Using ArcGIS (Raster Applications)
CityDashboard is the main project that I have been working on for the last few months. It aims to summarise quantitative data (both officially provided and crowd-sourced) for the major UK cities, in a single screen. Point data is also shown in an alternate map view.
It was launched at the CASA Smart Cities conference last Friday, for eight cities – London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle. London has the most dashboard “modules” at present, with a number of London-specific modules from Transport for London, the Port of London Authority, and CASA’s own sensors. Other cities have several more generic modules (such as weather and Twitter trends) and more city-specific modules will be added to these in due course. I am also looking at improving the overall look and feel of the website, possibly by using the BBC Glow API that was suggested to me at the conference (but just now took me half an hour to find on the web!)
CityDashboard features specially curated Twitter lists. For each city, there is a general news list, featuring tweets from local newspapers, local correspondents for the BBC and other TV and radio channels, tourist organisations and the official accounts for the relevant local authorities. There is also a universities list, with the official Twitter accounts for the main universities in each city, as well as their student unions. It is hoped that this latter list with detail the latest university research outputs, coming out of that city. The account that manages the lists is CityDB and the lists take the form of, for example, http://twitter.com/citydb/london and http://twitter.com/citydb/london-uni. Anyone can subscribe to these lists, you don’t have to only view them through CityDashboard.
You can visit CityDashboard live, right now, at http://citydashboard.org/