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Category Archives: Technology

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Second Year: Thoughts on Spring 2011

It’s the end of the third week of the semester. I can safely say that my course schedule has shaped up to be an intensive and challenging one: PLAN 548: Transportation Planning Analysis with Jinhua Zhao (class cross-listed with Civil Engineering) PLAN 596: Seminar on Ecological Economics with Bill Rees PLAN 550E: Building North America’s […]

Ideas for International Open Data Hackathon in Vancouver

This coming Saturday is International Open Data Hackathon day. In Vancouver, it’s happening at W2 Storyeum in Gastown (details via the ODHD wiki). There was a (very!) short session led by Aaron Gladders at BarCamp Vancouver on what we might focus our efforts on during the Open Data Hackathon, and we settled working on a […]

NetSquared Camp: Session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data

I volunteered to lead a session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data at yesterday’s NetSquaredCamp, and we talked and thought about how non-profits might make use of open data as part of their advocacy and convening conversations on what is important to us in improving our neighbourhoods and daily lives.

Data in cities: It’s a [Good, Bad] Thing

Via IBM’s Smarter Cities Tumblr, I stumbled across this summary from the Sustainable Cities Collective of an interesting event that happened recently — a panel discussion taking place at the Apple Store on Regent Street in London about data in cities. The panelists were Usman Haque, Susannah Hagan, Rachel Armstrong, and Juliet Davis — who […]

Musings and reading on collaborative rationality in urban planning and civic projects

This is an extremely long post mashing together Beth Simone Noveck’s chapter on collaborative democracy with Judith Innes and David Booher’s recent book on collaborative rationality in planning called “Planning with Complexity,” mixed liberally with my own thoughts on community management in open source software. A lot of hand-waving, block quotes, and thinking out-loud.

Northern Voice 2010: From Tweets to Plans panel reflections

At this year’s Northern Voice, I was grateful to have been given the chance to moderate a panel, titled, “From Tweets to Plans: Online Conversations for Urban Planning.” I’d gotten the idea to do it from being invited to the SCARP Symposium by PlanningPool, where I found myself talking about blogging to urban planners, and […]

Municipal government correspondence on websites enables efficient sharing

Pete Quily directed me to a recent story in the Georgia Straight about West Vancouver’s opening up of Council Correspondence (this is their correspondence page for 2010) on their website. Charlie Smith, the author of the article, calls for all Metro Vancouver municipalities to follow suit, in making their interactions with everyone open and available. […]

Northern Voice 2010 — Location, mysteries, and making visible

…and 48 hours later, Northern Voice for 2010 is a wrap. Thanks to the hard work of all the organizers, who pulled off an incredible conference once again. This was my first year as a non-Moosecamp speaker. It was also the it was held not during reading week (owing to the Vancouver Olympics) and in […]

Online Social Networking, Travel Behaviours and Choice of Urban Transportation Mode

Friend Rob Cottingham drew an interesting webcomic recently. His witty and observant comic is syndicated on ReadWriteWeb, a techhnology-focused blog. The comic touches on a phenomenon I’ve observed in my own life that I’ve had a chance to do a little bit of scholarly work on; namely, how well mobile technologies go with transit. I […]

Nitobi’s VanGuide, Microsoft’s OGDI, and musings on open data in advocacy

Last week, I was graciously invited to an event at the very swanky Goldfish Kitchen in Yaletown to view a demo of Nitobi’s VanGuide as well as to see some apps built using data from Vancouver’s open data catalogue by employees at Microsoft. VanGuide is an iPhone app as well as a web app integrated […]