Through TED we recently found a great presentation of Hans Rosling of Gapminder about changes in the world over last 200 years. This great moving visual graphic explains how countries have been evolving considering population growth, income and life expectancy. At the Gapminder website you can select a lot of other indicators in the fields of economy, environment and geography. The whole explains how the world has become flat in some ways, but became more diverse and unequal in others. Most curious, as stressed by Rosling, is the impact that income has to health in the developing process of a country.
A city consists of a hard side and a soft side. The hard side tells us something about the physical structure of a city. Too less people realise that what really counts is our image-forming by the soft city, the ‘feeling’: what good things happen there? Does it feel like I have to be there? A nice piece of data visualisation software called Pastiche shows us the strength of associations and experiences people have with a city.Read more →
Last year we showcased a number of projects, ideas and services that incorporate the concept of gamification — “the use of game play mechanics for non-game applications”, as Wikipedia describes it. The most prominent example among the location-based apps is undoubtedly Foursquare, the massively used check-in service that managed to hit 5 million users in 2010. Foursquare…Read more →
This is the data that SimpleGeo collected from the eight geolocated data providers (FourSquare, Gowalla, Twitter, Flickr, Bump, Brightkite, BlockChalk, and Fwix) during the South by SouthWest Interactive Festival in Austin. As you can see this festival is filled with geeks continuously leaking all kinds of drops of locative information. Anyhow, it shows quite well…Read more →
Everywhere in the world you can find plenty of remarkable fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and herbs in the wild. Not only in the forests of Africa, but also in metropolitan areas around the world an enormous variety of edible species can be found. Boskoi is a new open source project that aims to unlock the collective…Read more →