CityDashboard

A live, ticking, colour-changing visual data dashboard for London and other UK cities, collecting from various open and free sources and presented as a website. The principal output of a short NeISS/JISC-funded project at UCL CASA. CityDashboard was created in early 2012 by Oliver O’Brien, with prototyping by Duncan Smith and some additional coding by […]

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Data Graphics London Mashups

CityDashboard makes it to the Mayor of London’s Office and the BBC!

CASA colleague Steven James Gray used the API from CityDashboard, which I created early last year by aggregating various free London-centric data feeds into a single webpage, to power the data for a 4×3 array of iPads, mounted in a wooden panel, itself iPad-esque in shape. The “iPad wall” was mounted in the Mayor of […]

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Data Graphics London Mashups

Update to CityDashboard CSV API & iPad Wall!

I’ve made some minor alterations to the CSV API for CityDashboard. The main changes are in the metadata rows (the top two) rather than the subsequent rows. Specifically, the top metadata row has now split out the description, source and source URL – which were previously rather messily combined into a bit of HTML – […]

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Data Graphics London

Prism: A Real-life CityDashboard

I was at the V&A earlier today to see Prism, a new installation by digital artist Keiichi Matsuda which is part of the London Design Festival. Prism uses data from UCL CASA’s CityDashboard and other London open data sources, to visualise London in a novel way. The exhibit, which consists of triangular sails joined together […]

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Data Graphics Technical

CityDashboard Weather Forecasts – Yahoo! to the Rescue

After Google abruptly turned off their XML weather feed this week, I’ve switched to using Yahoo! Weather (an RSS feed) for the CityDashboard weather forecast module. Yahoo uses WOEIDs rather than city names, which takes a bit longer to configure but is unambiguous – Google just used the city name, so required careful specification to […]

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London

Olympic Venue Tweets on CityDashboard

There’s a new, temporary panel on the London CityDashboard which shows Twitter activity at the London 2012 venues. The panel is using data from new Twitter collector tools in the Big Data Toolkit, which being developed by my colleague Steven James Gray as part of his PhD. For each venue, the collectors count the number […]

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Technical

CityDashboard – the API

Here is the API documentation for CityDashboard. It’s really not a very advanced API, and it’s not delivered in a “proper” format (e.g. XML or JSON), instead it’s available as a number of CSV/TXT-formatted files. It ain’t pretty but it works! I’ve put together this documentation as a number of people have asked. However, it […]

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Data Graphics London

CityDashboard

CityDashboard is the main project that I have been working on for the last few months. It aims to summarise quantitative data (both officially provided and crowd-sourced) for the major UK cities, in a single screen. Point data is also shown in an alternate map view. It was launched at the CASA Smart Cities conference […]

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Conferences London

Smart Mobility Meeting in Mexico City

Below is a presentation that combines my talks last Thursday and Friday at the Smart Mobility forums in central Mexico City, organised by ITDP Mexico and funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund (respresented by the British Embassy in Mexico). The Thursday presentation focused on the third-party app ecosystem that exists around bikesharing […]

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London

London Panopticon

The London Panopticon utilises the traffic camera feed from the TfL API, which recently (announcement here) added ~6-second-long video clips from the traffic cameras on TfL “red route” main roads, to show the current state of traffic near you. The site loads the latest videos from the nearest camera in each compass direction to you. […]