Understanding the patterns and trends in the everyday actions of citizens, workers, or consumers is key to answering complex business questions. 90% of smartphone users keep their mobile device within reach 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This makes mobile data a potent tool for analyzing trends and solving today’s greatest challenges.Read more
Changing consumer habits are rocking the boat for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. In developed markets, including the United States and Great Britain, limited population growth and wage stagnation have diminished revenue opportunities for CPG. In response, Strategy& reports, CGP brands have started splitting consumers into two key groups:Read more
The proliferation of analytics is the result of attempts to manage, calculate, and determine the best course of action based on partial and/or incomplete data. And while another type of data analytics may seem unnecessary, Alex D. Singleton, Seth E. Spielman, and David C. Folch have put forth an interdisciplinary analytics for better understanding our interconnected cities in their new book, Urban Analytics.Read more
As nations, NGOs, and development organizations from around the world strive to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, they need to be data-driven and interconnected. In order for sustainable development to be successful, open source technologies, open data, and collaboration are critical. Location Intelligence, the next evolution of GIS, is a key component in the open technological ecosystem necessary for attaining the SDGs.Read more
Calling the Pi Project ambitious is an understatement.Read more
On Friday, February 9th, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Featuring athletes from 92 countries around the world, this Winter Games provided myriad international headlines ranging from the geopolitically important (such as the North and South Korean teams marching as one during the opening ceremony) to the downright silly (chefs for team Norway ordering 15,000 eggs due to a typo).Read more
“Open data,” as a core value, is easy to endorse, but it is not always so easy to practice. This problem inspired last year’s NYC Open Data Week, a collaboration between NYC Open Data, BetaNYC, and the greater NYC civic tech community to organize a series of events, workshops, and presentations to raise awareness and provide lessons to the public on working with the nearly 2,000 available data assets. For NYC Open Data Week 2018, there is an even greater emphasis on “learning how to work in the open,” Adrienne Schmoeker explained,“versus merely managing an open government program.”Read more
With over 100,000 attendees, the Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, and the team at CARTO is excited to be joining the festivities for the fifth straight year.Read more
As a part of our Map of the Month series, we dive into a recent Twitter project and see how they use maps to engage with the Twitter community. On January 8th, CJ Marple, a 3rd grade teacher at Osage City Elementary School in Kansas began a lesson exploring the speed and distance that information can travel using social media. Marple, an active twitter user, worked with his students to compose a tweet, with the intention of mapping the social media engagement as the message spread. It isn’t hard to imagine CJ and his students’ surprise as the tweet began to pick up steam, go viral, and circle the globe.Read more
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