Location Analytics: The Future is Where

In Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," there’s a scene where actor Tom Cruise, hotly pursued by the bad guys, hurries through a major shopping mall and as he passes advertising billboards, personalized messages appear and deliver customized content just for him. In the movie, technology could identify the person based on a digital scan of a person’s eye. Everywhere someone travels, shops would know what to deliver to you as you pass by.Today, that vision of the future is coming closer to reality.

How Python became the language of choice for data science

Nowadays Python is probably the programming language of choice (besides R) for data scientists for prototyping, visualization, and running data analyses on small and medium sized data sets. And rightly so, I think, given the large number of available tools (just look at the list at the top of this article).However, it wasn’t always like this. In fact, when I started working on my Ph.D. back in 2000 virtually everyone was using matlab for this. And again, rightly so.

Trendspotting: 6 mapping trends that are good for business

One of the first things you'll learn about mapping is that it is "more than producing an actual map," said S.J. Camarata, a director at ESRI, kicking off his panel session at the annual Techonomy conference held this week in Tucson, Arizona. While maps have been around for thousands of years, the digital kind are a more recent innovation and more of a "communications language, to visually display content and get context. Plus, they are universally recognized by everyone," he said.

Map Of Brooklyn Made Entirely Out Of Trash - PSFK

Artist Jennifer Maravillas is fascinated with cartography. She has painted maps ofLondon, San Francisco and Manhattan. Now Maravillas is working on a map of Brooklyn, but instead of using traditional material, she is compiling it entirely out trash found throughout the borough.The projected, 71 Square Miles, is so-called ...

The Importance of Spatial Thinking Now

In its 375 years, Harvard has only ever eliminated one entire academic program. If you had to guess, what program do you think that was and when was it killed off?The answer: Harvard eradicated its Geography Department in the 1940s, and many universities followed suit.The timing couldn’t have ...

The 2012 Census of more than 89,000 US Local Governments

How big is government? Well, this survey of local agencies in the US may clarify that for you. The US Census Bureau has just released the data and findings from the 2012 Census of US Governments. The Individual State Descriptions provide the foundation of how government entities are ...

Tech behind Man of Steel's Metropolis coming to a developer near you

Developers in the games industry and other industries will soon be able to integrate the technology responsible for creating the urban vistas of recent Superman movie Man of Steel into their own applications when Californian company Esri launches the new version of CityEngine next month.CityEngine is a 3D ...

BlackBerry World has 47,000 apps by one developer

BlackBerry World has around 120,000 apps, 47,000 of which have been made by one developer called S4BB ...