Thoughts from critical visualisation of urban data

The BCD project recently hosted four visitors for two weeks to share their experiences on a variety of subjects related to visualisation. We held a public seminar on February 15th where each spoke about their research. We recorded their talks and hope to make them available with the permission of the speakers, but there were a couple of thematic arches that take the cross-platform visualisation experiences of our guests back to the topic of city

Critical visualisation of urban data

A seminar to explore improving user experience and social interactions with data. The Building City Dashboards Project is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first research seminar of 2018 : Critical Visualisation of Urban Data. The seminar will take place on the Thursday 15th of February, 2018, in the Phoenix Boardroom, 1st floor Phoenix Building, North Campus, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Kildare.   You are invited to register for attend the event (for free) on the

New Platforms for Urban Data – Special Session at the ERSA Congress in Cork

Join us to share ideas and experiences at the European Regional Science Association Congress in Cork between 28-31st of August. We are organising a special session: Presentations on city dashboards, interactive visual spatio-temporal analysis, VR/AR applications,  and other ideas for alternative representations of urban data are all welcome.  Let’s explore the complex structure of urban life together. Looking forward to receiving your extended abstracts by the 28th of February. For more details you can

Cork Dashboard Launch – Dec 15th 2017

On Friday December 15th 2017 we gathered in the sunny surrounds of Cork International Hotel to mark the official launch of the Cork Dashboard. The Building City Dashboards team were joined by a variety of partners, stakeholders, and citizens to mark a first for the City and County region of Cork, an online open-data dashboard for Cork.   Speakers on the day included Building City Dashboards principal project investigators Professor Chris Brunsdon and

The launch of the Cork Dashboard

  The Building City Dashboard’s team is excited to officially launch the Cork Dashboard on Friday December 15th in Cork. The Cork Dashboard will be the first major output from the Science Foundation Ireland funded project based here in the National Centre for Geocomputation, Maynooth University. Over the past year, we have been working alongside our partners in Cork Smart Gateway, Cork County Council and Cork City Council to gather static and real-time datasets for

Open Call for Data/Media Art Proposals, Building City Dashboards, Maynooth University (Now Closed!)

We are pleased to announce an open artist call to work with the Building City Dashboards research team located in the MU Social Sciences Institute and the National Centre for Geocomputation.   We invite artists to create a digital artwork using open data from the Dublin and or Cork dashboards ( The goal is to explore and expand multimodal creative expression in the digital space using open urban data and to extend the work

Confessions of a Media Arts Scholar in an Urban Data Landscape

Dr. Jeneen Naji Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University   Collaborations are at the core of humanities-led research, and as such as a digital poet practitioner/researcher I threw myself willingly into a collaboration with Geographers to apply for and work on Building City Dashboards a Science Foundation Ireland €1.8 million funded research project. The increasing urbanisation and digitisation of the human experience has resulted in a) lots of cities b) lots of data about cities.

New Post Doc Opportunity – App development for Dashboards

  The researcher will work on Work Package 2.2 Investigating scalar issues in visualisation.
 At present, most city dashboards are optimized to function best on a standard display screen. They will display on a smartphone or tablet, but in a way that is suboptimal in terms of legibility and coherence. This task will investigate scalar issues in how data are effectively visualised across different media and to use the resultant information to develop appropriate methods

Visiting positions, Building City Dashboards/Programmable City projects at Maynooth University

We are pleased to announce five visiting positions to Maynooth University to work with the Programmable City and/or Building City Dashboards research teams located in the MU Social Sciences Institute and the National Centre for Geocomputation. We are particularly keen to host visitors with an expertise in urban data, data visualisation, augmented/virtual reality, media art and installations, and spatial analytics/modelling, either from a social theory or applied/technical perspective. It is anticipated that visitors would be

Urban informatics, governmentality and the logics of urban control

Rob Kitchin, Claudio Coletta and Gavin McArdle have published a new working paper, ‘Urban informatics, governmentality and the logics of urban control ‘, on SocArXiv.   Abstract: In this paper, we examine the governmentality and the logics of urban control enacted through smart city technologies. Several commentators have noted that the implementation of algorithmic forms of urban governance that utilize big data greatly intensifies the extent and frequency of monitoring populations and systems and shifts