- Road pricing: What’s not to love?
- Top 20 things politicians need to know about science and Top 20 things scientists need to know about policy-making (ht Paulo Nascimento)
- Turning-point years in history according to the most frequent dates used dissertation titles
- Up all night to get data, a music parody
- San Francisco Aerial Views. 1937-1938
- Urban street networks, a comparative analysis of ten European cities
- Declining fertility rates will transform the Asian family
- Coldest spot on Earth identified by satellite (minus 93.2 Cº)
- Snapshot: Global Migration
- African polygamy over space and time
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ricardo Dagnino emailed me
months ago! a link to a very inventive research project that uses online images and crowdsourcing to map urban perception. The project is called Place Pulse and it is conducted by Cesar Hidalgo and his colleagues at the MIT Media Lab.
Here is how the research method works and the project webpage . By the way, take one minute to support the project with some clicks.
And here is one paper they published this year:
ps. They have a Video Abstract.
Monday, December 9, 2013
The other day I was wandering in the library when I bumped into the book Urban Modelling: Algorithms, Calibrations, Predictions, published by M. Batty back in 1976 (!). Since then, he and his team at CASA have made many contributions to the field of urban studies with new modelling developments and applications.
Some of the softwares developed at CASA (including GMap Creator) are available for download here. You can play with your own Von Thunen Model!
[Image Credit: CASA]
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Quite often, I'm amazed at how old Oxford University is. My College (St Edmund Hall, aka Teddy Hall) dates back to the 13th Century and some of its oldest buildings date from the 12th and 17th centuries.
Last week, I took a short
tour visit to the Old Library of my College to see the 1st edition of Leviathan, pubished in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. My Social Scientists readers know how special this book is and you can probably imagine how I felt like a kid in a candy store!
ps. I thank the dedicated librarians at Teddy Hall who were very kind to receive me in their 'office' to talk about their work.