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Big data, a city of things and civic innovation


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A presentation for Living Cities.

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  • 1. An Open World?
  • 2. We spread the knowledge ofinnovators around the world.
  • 3. Technology publishing
  • 4. Integrated media and conferences
  • 5. Online publishing at Radar
  • 6. What is the power of open?
  • 7. In the 1990s, governments and civilsociety spread the Internet globally
  • 8. In the 2000s, mobile phones and social networking connected us ever more
  • 9. In the 2010s, big data will change everything again.
  • 10. “Ambient findability” - Peter Morehouse Image Credit: Scott McLeod
  • 11. Open source software
  • 12. New York Senate NY Senate on iTunes
  • 13. Open Mapping
  • 14. Platforms for citizens to self-organize Image Credit: ITO World
  • 15. An expanding number of data sources
  • 16. Social data and crisis data
  • 17. First Principles“A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share- alike.”“Records shared with the public digitally, over the Internet, in a way that promotes analysis & reuse.”
  • 18. Open Data Graphic Credit: Justin Grimes
  • 19. Open government data platforms
  • 20. Open data allows citizens to be generative in new ways
  • 21. HHS Community Health Data
  • 22. “Traffic on the NYC Health Department’srestaurant inspection site has gone from10,000 hits per month to 124,000” - New York Times
  • 23. Fauxpen DataIn an age of “openwashing”…We need to:Evaluate licenses.Peruse the Terms of Service.Review the governance.Look at community.Check the format.
  • 24. “If Stage 1 of data journalism was “find and scrape data,” then… Stage 2 was “ask government agencies to release data” in easy to use formats. Stage 3 is going to be “make your own data”, and those sources of data are going to be automated and updated in real-time.” -JavaunMoradi, NPR
  • 25. Snowmageddon
  • 26. Chicago Shovels
  • 27. Open Innovation
  • 28. Top Coder
  • 29. Solar Flares and Innocentive
  • 30. Crowdsourcing?
  • 31. Citizensourcing
  • 32. A long(itude) history of contests and challenges 45
  • 33. Open Journalism
  • 34. What does Open Journalism look like? “A man dies at the heart of a protest: a reporter wants to discover the truth. A journalist is seeking to contact anyone who can explain how another victim died while being restrained on a plane. A newsroom has to digest 400,000 official documents released simultaneously.” -Alan Rusbridger
  • 35. Thestream
  • 36. “We used to call it CAR”-DeBarros Bob Woodward, via Cliff1066
  • 37. Now it’s “Hacks and Hackers”Photo by Dennis Crowley, from “Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer”
  • 38. “Data-driven journalism is the future” Source: Tim Berners-Lee in the Guardian
  • 39. Storytelling still matters.“We use these tools to find and tell stories. We use them like we use a telephone. The story is still the thing.” - Anthony DeBarros USA Today Source: Data Journalism and the Big Picture
  • 40. Homicide Watch
  • 41. Data journalists, meet civic hackers Source: BuzzData
  • 42. What’s next?
  • 43. "The future ishere.Its just notevenlydistributed yet."
  • 44. The future is mobile.In 2012, 88% ofAmericans have acellphone. 46%have smartphone60%+ ofAmerican adultsgo onlinewirelessly.Source: PewInternet
  • 45. Pervasive connectivity Image Credit: PetitInvention
  • 46. Better apps to audit data
  • 47. Smarter cities Source: IBM
  • 48. Augmented streets
  • 49. Augmented overload! Image Credit:
  • 50. spime“A theoretical object that can be tracked precisely in space and time over the lifetime of the object” -Wordspy Image Credit: @knolleary
  • 51. Cities of spime Image Credit: City Of Sound
  • 52. Makers and open source hardware
  • 53. Safecast open source Geiger counter
  • 54. "The transparency genie is out of the bottle — world wide — and its not going back into the darkness of that lantern ever again.Progress will be slow, but it will be progress.” - Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation
  • 55. Crimespotting
  • 56. Transparency is not enoughData illiteracy is leading to a new data divide.Risk: open data empowers the empowered. Illustration: Brock Davis
  • 57. Bridge thedata divide Digital signage on the cheap
  • 58. Privacychallenges
  • 59. Cities + Internet of Things: H20
  • 60. Smarter commuting through data Image Credit: Real Time Rome from
  • 61. Smarter cycling
  • 62. Source
  • 63. Source: Greater Greater Washington
  • 64. Smart infrastucture: Stockholm• A measurable decrease in air pollution through changing traffic patterns. Image source: New York Times
  • 65. Citizens as Sensors: Andhra Pradesh