On Our Radar – From visualising refugee data to the city as Startup / by Mary Jane Edwards

Data visualisation

UN Mass Migration (via public.tableau.com)

Compelling Tableau data viz on number of refugees are fleeing war and poverty for safety and economic opportunity.

City innovation

City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselves (via Smisthsonian.com)

Lots to learn from city innovation teams across the pond. Removing barriers to fruitful collaboration is clearly the key.

Machine learning

£400m savings available from machine-to-machine tech (via PublicTechnology.net)

Two thirds of urban councillors are not aware of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems. What might change that?

Digital giving

Feeling charitable? eBay unveils donation feature in latest app update (via Digital Trends)

Always great to see digital giving options appearing as part of wider, more everyday services. Well done, eBay.


The FTC goes after its first failed crowdfunding campaign (via TechCrunch.com)

It's been coming, and it won't be the last. If you raise $122,874 online, your backers expect you to deliver.

Call Data Records

How mobile phone data reveals the true toll of mass layoffs (via MIT Technology Review)

Analysis of anonymised mobile phone data (and in many cases, social media streams) are proving very fruitful in learning all sorts of potentially important things about societal changes.

Digital media

Podcasts are saving NPR (via wired.com)

As big podcast fans, it’s good to see that the podcast revival is having some broader benefits.