improved urban decision making

…the smart city movement is less about technology and more about improving the way decisions are made in large urban areas, where the demand for services is increasing and the availability of resources is diminishing.” Michael Flowers, as interpreted by Mike Barlow in a 2015 O’Reilly report, Smart Cities, Smarter Citizens. Flowers is now chief …

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Narrative and analytics: brothers

Dave Wells, my collaborator in a TDWI course on data storytelling, tears up a popular misconception about data storytelling and data analytics. On the surface, narrative storytelling appears to be the opposite of analytics – anecdotal instead of quantitative. But quantities aren’t the only way, or necessarily the ideal way to convey information. Not everyone …

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A mossy viz to try at home

Visualization purists beware. This “viz” is mossy — as in moss. At first glance, it’s a visualization. It represents parks, forests, rivers, and lakes in Berlin, Germany. But then it invites you to touch it, and the map nudges you closer to the real thing. The mossy-viz idea seems to have begun when Sebastian Meier …

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