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.
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
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
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
This paper provides a short introductory overview of urban science. It defines urban science, details its practitioners and their aims, sets out its relationship to urban informatics and urban studies, and explains its epistemology and the analysis of urban big data. It then summarizes criticism of urban science with respect to epistemology, instrumental rationality, data issues, and ethics. It is concluded that urban science research will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, providing a
The Building City Dashboards project is currently recruiting for a number of positions - more details can be found below. Research fellow 36-42 month contract - Closing date Dec 12th 2016 The Research Fellow will contribute as part of an interdisciplinary team to the SFI-funded Building City Dashboards project, undertaking fundamental and applied research on creating effective city dashboards. The researcher will contribute to one of the four work packages below (applicants should make it
Rob Kitchin, Sophia Maalsen and Gavin McArdle have a new paper published in Geoforum titled ‘The praxis and politics of building urban dashboards’. It is open access with this link until early Dec. Abstract: This paper critically reflects on the building of the Dublin Dashboard – a website built by two of the authors that provides citizens, planners, policy makers and companies with an extensive set of data and interactive visualizations about Dublin City,
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