The people behind the screens are the revolutionaries, the changemakers, I argue in this week’s Untangling the Web audio advent calendar treat. But not in the way you might think.
People generally don’t think of the paper on which the daily news is printed, or the printing press that puts it there as anything but neutral. They identify the publishers as the ideologues and the medium as the conduit. You’d think the same, broadly speaking, would apply where the web is concerned: Julian Assange didn’t invent the wiki platform where the confidential wires were leaked, he was the editor and Wikileaks was the medium. But in Consent of the networked, former CNN China Bureau Chief Rebecca MacKinnon offers a reality check: “We have a problem,” she writes. “We understand how power works in the physical world, but we do not yet have a clear understanding of how it works in the digital realm.” in fact, we probably don’t even think about power when we update our statuses on Twitter, connect with old school friends via Facebook, but a book based on recommendations from Amazon, or use Mail, Docs, Plus, Maps or Search on Google.
The truth is that software, from computer games to web services from Amazon to Match.com, is suffused with the principles decreed by the context in which it is produced.
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NYC open data
Brushing aside 15-year hiatus, IPCC says strong government action is needed to combat climate change and extreme weather
The European Commission’s climate campaign ‘A World You Like. With A Climate You Like’ aims to raise awareness across Europe of the need to combat climate change, especially through sharing expertise and highlighting success stories across the EU that combat global warming.
Only seven days left (until 6 September) to vote for your favourite low-carbon project! EU #Climate Action have been taking great submissions all year for the “World You Like Challenge”. 269 projects, big and small, from all over Europe have risen to the challenge to show how they have created real solutions to lower or cut out #carbonemissions - and now it’s your last chance to vote for the ideas you find the most inspirational.
Visualizing NYC’s 1,100+ Datasets
Chris Whong recently visualized New York City’s 1,100+ open datasets, bundling them by category — business, education, social services, transportation, recreation, etc. By clicking on one of the dots you are taken to the specific dataset on NYC OpenData.
According to a post on the Code for America Brigade Tumblr, ”this is a force-directed graph generated with the charting library d3.js. NYC’s open data portal runs on the Socrata platform and this visualization was created using the “dataset of datasets" and the Socrata Open Data API (SODA).”
Check out the data visualization of NYC OpenData here
Open data nyc
I’ve spoken with Charles Fernyhough before. The developmental psychologist was interviewed for the very first episode of the very first series of the BBC Radio 4 programme The Digital Human. Then, he was talking about capturing the experience of being a child.
Tomorrow (on Saturday…
My small experience working with ePubs has taught me one thing: they are a world of hurt. Though the components are basic enough, I haven’t yet used an app that could generate a clean, basic ePub file. I’ve made two eBooks so far and molding each one to meet my standard of quality was a tedious and painful process.
comparaison YAGO / Freebase / DBpedia