Friday, September 14, 2012
A couple highlights from the week!
- A couple months ago, Francisca Rojas from Harvard's Transparency Policy Project guest blogged about transit data. Last month, they released a study titled "Transit Transparency: Effective Disclosure Through Open Data," which "examines the process by which some transit agencies in the U.S. disclosed their operations data to the public and analyzes how constituencies for that data, particularly software developers and transit riders, used that information."
- Photographer Rick Smolan, creator of the "Day in the Life" series, has set out to show how data-driven innovation is changing our world. From AllThingsD:
His new 7.5-pound book, “The Human Face of Big Data,” includes vignettes about wirelessly sensing disproportionate electricity and water consumption by individual home appliances, restoring human sight with a pair of computer eyeglasses that analyze light and other input in real-time, predicting repeat heart attacks by screening large samples of patients’ EKG data, and taking personal health tracking to the extreme. It will be released Nov. 20.Not one for a single-media experience, Smolan has added a participatory angle via an app that collects information from users and their devices and compares them to other app users around the world, a sort of game of digital doppelganger. The app will be available September 25 through October 2.
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