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Fall Seminar: Dashboards and Data Signals by Nathaniel Tkacz

Come an join us to kick off the

2014/2015 Programmable City Seminar Series!

We are delighted to start the second round of Programmable CitySeminars with Nathaniel Tkacz is Assistant Professor in CIM at The University of Warwick. He is currently PI for the ESRC-funded project ‘Interrogating the Dashboard’. He is author or editor of the following books: Wikipedia and The Politics of Openness, The MoneyLab Reader (forthcoming 2015), Digital Light (forthcoming 2014) and Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader.

Wednesday, 8 October,
Room 2.31, 2nd Floor, Iontas Building, N. Campus, Maynooth University


Slides for "Urban indicators, city benchmarking, and real-time dashboards" talk

The Programmable City team delivered four papers at the Conference of the Association of American Geographers held in Tampa, April 8-12.  Here are the slides for Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T. and McArdle, G. (2014). “Urban indicators, city benchmarking, and real-time dashboards: Knowing and governing cities through open and big data” delivered in the session “Thinking the ‘smart city’: power, politics and networked urbanism II” organized by Taylor Shelton and Alan Wiig.  The paper is a work in progress and was the first attempt at presenting work that is presently being written up for submission to a journal.  No doubt it’ll evolve over time, but the central argument should hold.

Interactive city benchmarking sites

Over the past few years there have been a proliferation of city benchmarking indexes and data tools that enable the comparison of different phenomenon across cities.  A recent Jones Lang LaSalle report details 150 of them.  Such indexes are composed of composites of key indicators and are proported to give an indication of city performance vis-a-vis other locales and to judge how city administrations and policies are fairing.  Below are some links to some interactive city benchmarking sites that allow the comparison of selected cities.  Our interests in such benchmarking is in the politics of indicator selection and the formulation of indices, and how the data are employed, a topic that we’ve just started to examine on the ProgCity project.

NYC Global Innovation Exchange: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ia/gprb/html/global/global.shtml


OPENCities Monitor: http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?monitor_en

Siemens Green City Index: http://www.siemens.com/entry/cc/en/greencityindex.htm
Intercultural City Index: http://www.culturalpolicies.net/web/intercultural-cities-charts.php

Smart cities index (mid-size cites , 100-500K population): http://www.smart-cities.eu/benchmarking.html

Brookings GlobalMonitor: http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/global-metro-monitor-3

McKinsey Urban World: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/urbanization/urban_world


LSE European Metromonitor: http://labs.lsecities.net/eumm/m/metromonitor