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Joy Division, Population Surfaces and Pioneering Electronic Cartography

There has been a resurgence of interest in data visualizations inspired by Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover. These so-called “Joy Plots” are easier to create thanks to the development of the “ggjoy” R package and also some nice code posted using D3. I produced a global population map (details here) using a similar technique in 2013 and since […]

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Harry Potter Map

Time Out London, in conjunction with official Harry Potter portal Pottermore, created this lovely map showing 18 places in central London that have featured in the Harry Potter books and films. From Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station, to the Knight Bus crossing Lambeth Bridge, the map allows you to construct your own Harry […]

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Dockless Bikeshare in London – oBike is Here

London has a new bikeshare system – and it’s appeared by surprise, overnight. oBike is a dockless bikeshare. The company is based in Singapore, where it runs a number of large dockless systems there and in China, Australia and the Netherlands, it is also likely coming to Washington DC in the USA and to Berlin … Continue reading Dockless Bikeshare in London – oBike is Here

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5 книжок про великі ідеї, які можна прочитати за один вечір – espreso.tv


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5 книжок про великі ідеї, які можна прочитати за один вечір
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Ханна Фрай “Математика любові: патерни, докази і пошук остаточного рішення”. Доктор Ханна Фрай є математиком у UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. У своїй роботі вона використовує математичні моделі для вивчення закономірностей …

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Roger Tomlinson’s PhD: The first in GIS

The late Roger Tomlinson is considered the “Father of Geographic Information Systems” and he completed his PhD in the UCL Department of Geography in 1974. Tomlinson pioneered digital mapping – every map created using a computer today still uses the principles he laid down in his thesis and its associated work creating the “The Canada Geographic […]

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The Powerhouse that Powers Our Smart Devices: Geospatial Analysis

Chances are, and most of the time, without you even knowing, you’ve used location services on one of your smart devices – be it your computer, your smart oven, your browser, or your favorite flavor of social media. It is, according to the Smart Future, a very clever idea for these services to do so […]

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New bridge opens over London’s Regent’s Canal, while proposed Camden Highline seeks crowdfunding – road.cc


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New bridge opens over London’s Regent’s Canal, while proposed Camden Highline seeks crowdfunding
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As we reported in May, the Camden Highline was originally conceived by Oliver O’Brien, a research assistant at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. His concept was picked up by North London website Kentishtowner.co.uk …

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Practical Applications of Geospatial Analysis in Science and Technology

Geospatial analysis seems to be one of those highly technical fields of science that seems to be only discussed in the realm of the academe, but don’t brush it off as such – it is a very important aspect in environmental sciences that plays a part in not just how we respond to calamities and …

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PhD studentship in collaboration with the Ordnance Survey – identifying systematic biases in crowdsourced geographic information

Deadline 28th July 2017 UCL Department of Geography and the Ordnance Survey are inviting applications for a PhD studentship to explore the internal systematic biases in crowd-sourced geographic information datasets (also known as Volunteered Geographic Information – VGI). The studentship provides an exciting opportunity for a student to work with Ordnance Survey on understanding the … Continue reading PhD studentship in collaboration with the Ordnance Survey – identifying systematic biases in crowdsourced geographic information

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PhD studentship in Extreme Citizen Science – development of data collection tools with non-literate participants

Applications are invited for one PhD studentship as part of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project named ECSAnVis (Extreme Citizen Science: Analysis & Visualisation) aimed at a developer. Citizen Science is the participation of members of the public in a scientific project, from shaping the question, to collecting the data, analysing it and using … Continue reading PhD studentship in Extreme Citizen Science – development of data collection tools with non-literate participants

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Cambridge Conference 2017 – The Willing Volunteer

The Cambridge Conference is an event that is held every 4 years, organised  by the Ordnance Survey, and it is a meeting of many heads of National Mapping Agencies who come together to discuss shared interests and learn from each other. The history of the conference is available here. This year, I was asked to … Continue reading Cambridge Conference 2017 – The Willing Volunteer

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Broadband Speed in the UK

I’ve recently a published on CDRC Maps a map of Broadband Speed in the UK. This is the average download speed for residential properties, right across the UK. It’s based on data annually released by OFCOM (I’m using the most recent dataset from 2016). I’m using a Purple-White-Green colour ramp, where Purple indicates areas with … Continue reading Broadband Speed in the UK

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PPGIS 2017 – Poznan, Poland (Day 2) – Geodesign, applications and discussion

The second day of the PPGIS 2017 symposium (see Day 1 here) started with a session on METHODS AND TOOLS. The session opened with a keynote from Peter Nijkamp (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland) . The talk is titled “A big data dashboard architecture for computable intelligent city policy“. Peter noted that the … Continue reading PPGIS 2017 – Poznan, Poland (Day 2) – Geodesign, applications and discussion

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PPGIS 2017 – Poznan, Poland (Day 1) – different notions and tools of public participation GIS

These notes are from the workshop Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning 2017, held in Palac Obrzycko near Poznan, Poland on 22nd and 23rd June 2017 – the outline of the workshop stated “Researchers and practitioners of urban planning have had a variable interest in developing and applying methods of public participation … Continue reading PPGIS 2017 – Poznan, Poland (Day 1) – different notions and tools of public participation GIS

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SpareRoom is over. What’s next for Britain’s flatsharers?

There’s an air of arms race about flatsharing adverts of the kind hosted by sites like SpareRoom. All individuals want the same thing: to find other individuals, either to move into the spare room in their shared house, or who have a spare room to move into. And all agents and landlords want the same … Continue reading “SpareRoom is over. What’s next for Britain’s flatsharers?”

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London’s Hidden Rivers

As London swelters a heatwave, people in search of a cooling waterside stroll might notice that London doesn’t apparently have many rivers. There is of course the mighty River Thames, and a few others here and there visible. But there are many more that you don’t just come across – they are just hidden underground. […]

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


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Who is Hannah Fry? Mathematician, UCL lecturer and presenter of Horizon and Trainspotting Live
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The 33-year-old 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

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


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Who is Hannah Fry? Mathematician, UCL lecturer and presenter of Horizon and Trainspotting Live
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The 33-year-old 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

and more »

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What is Britain’s Greatest Invention? Dr Hannah Fry and Ant Anstead present special BBC 2 technology show to find out – Metro


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What is Britain’s Greatest Invention? Dr Hannah Fry and Ant Anstead present special BBC 2 technology show to find out
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A University College London lecturer in mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Dr Hannah Fry studies patterns of human behaviour, particularly in an urban setting. In her spare time she is a public speaker and gives talks

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MAIS in CSS

It is always a great pleasure to teach and work with students, and see them complete their academic program. Over this last academic year, I supervised 3 masters students and served on the committee of another one, who all successfully completed their Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with a concentration in Computational Social Science (CSS). To quote from the MAIS in CSS website:

“Computational Social Science (CSS) is an interdisciplinary science in which social science questions are investigated with modern computational tools. Our program was the first CSS MA in the world, and continues to advance the study of social science through computational methods (e.g. agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and big data).

Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their pioneering work in CSS, including authoring the first textbook in the field, and have written numerous books and articles on topics such as growing artificial societies, modeling geographical systems, and sustainability. Research in the program is and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and NASA.

Besides taking introductory classes in theories and practices of social, geo-social, economic, and network modeling, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on your project or thesis of interest, as well as directed readings. Additionally, Mason’s proximity to the Washington, D.C., area provides an excellent opportunity to attend seminars offered by NGOs, visiting professors, and government employees.

Students range from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals who bring diverse knowledge that enhances the classroom experience. Graduates have gone on to pursue their doctorates at Mason and other Carnegie Classification Research 1 universities. Others have pursued or continued their career in government or the private sector, in organizations such as the U.S. Army, MapR Technologies, CACI, Logistics Management Institute, and Ninja Analytics, Inc.

To get the latest information on our program, visit us on Facebook or our program page.”

Below is a selection of projects from this academic year. Eric Hansen project was entitled “An Agent-Based Model of British And Boer Small Arms and Tactics During the Second Anglo-Boer War” in which he explored different military technology had an impact on the military victories.
In another project, Paul Cummings  explored different strategies for combating radicalism (i.e. Security Risk model and Socio-Economic Hardship model) via an agent-based model under the title of “Modeling the Characteristics of Radical Ideological Growth using an Agent based Model Methodology

Marta Hansen’s final project was entitled “Positive Affect And Prospect Theory In Agent_Zero: A Model Extension” which extends Joshua Epstein’s Agent_Zero model to allow for cooperative events to take place.
Just to highlight that not all students opt for  agent-based models. Devin Bright undertook a project entitled “Mapping the Human Terrain of a Modern Megacity with the use of Social Media.” In which he explored how a years worth of social media data can be mined and analyzed via GIS and social network analysis (SNA) to to give insights into the dynamics of New York City in the United States and Lagos in Nigeria.
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MAIS in CSS

It is always a great pleasure to teach and work with students, and see them complete their academic program. Over this last academic year, I supervised 3 masters students and served on the committee of another one, who all successfully completed their Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with a concentration in Computational Social Science (CSS). To quote from the MAIS in CSS website:

“Computational Social Science (CSS) is an interdisciplinary science in which social science questions are investigated with modern computational tools. Our program was the first CSS MA in the world, and continues to advance the study of social science through computational methods (e.g. agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and big data).

Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their pioneering work in CSS, including authoring the first textbook in the field, and have written numerous books and articles on topics such as growing artificial societies, modeling geographical systems, and sustainability. Research in the program is and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and NASA.

Besides taking introductory classes in theories and practices of social, geo-social, economic, and network modeling, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on your project or thesis of interest, as well as directed readings. Additionally, Mason’s proximity to the Washington, D.C., area provides an excellent opportunity to attend seminars offered by NGOs, visiting professors, and government employees.

Students range from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals who bring diverse knowledge that enhances the classroom experience. Graduates have gone on to pursue their doctorates at Mason and other Carnegie Classification Research 1 universities. Others have pursued or continued their career in government or the private sector, in organizations such as the U.S. Army, MapR Technologies, CACI, Logistics Management Institute, and Ninja Analytics, Inc.

To get the latest information on our program, visit us on Facebook or our program page.”

Below is a selection of projects from this academic year. Eric Hansen project was entitled “An Agent-Based Model of British And Boer Small Arms and Tactics During the Second Anglo-Boer War” in which he explored different military technology had an impact on the military victories.
In another project, Paul Cummings  explored different strategies for combating radicalism (i.e. Security Risk model and Socio-Economic Hardship model) via an agent-based model under the title of “Modeling the Characteristics of Radical Ideological Growth using an Agent based Model Methodology

Marta Hansen’s final project was entitled “Positive Affect And Prospect Theory In Agent_Zero: A Model Extension” which extends Joshua Epstein’s Agent_Zero model to allow for cooperative events to take place.
Just to highlight that not all students opt for  agent-based models. Devin Bright undertook a project entitled “Mapping the Human Terrain of a Modern Megacity with the use of Social Media.” In which he explored how a years worth of social media data can be mined and analyzed via GIS and social network analysis (SNA) to to give insights into the dynamics of New York City in the United States and Lagos in Nigeria.
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Plans unveiled for London Highline from Camden to King’s Cross – road.cc


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Plans unveiled for London Highline from Camden to King’s Cross
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The idea was originally conceived by Oliver O’Brien, a research assistant at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London whose work we have featured before on road.cc, with North London-based website Kentishtowner.co.uk (link …

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