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White House launches ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with fixer at the helm - The Washington Post
"The White House on Monday announced that it is formally launching a new U.S. Digital Service and that it has hired to lead it Mikey Dickerson, an engineer widely credited with playing a central role in salvaging after its disastrous launch. The idea behind the USDS, as the White House has taken to calling it, is institutionalizing the approach that saved the health care site and applying it to the work of the government even before disaster strikes."
federal  government  america  technology  software  development  management 
august 2014 by tsuomela
"Datavyu accommodates your needs. You decide how you want to code your video, audio, physiology, motion, or eye tracking data. Power users can write scripts in the Ruby programming language and use the power of the R statistical programming environment to extend Datavyu's functionality."
software  java  open-source  video  research  coding  behavior  psychology  development 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Mankind Rising: Why Evolutionary Developmentalism Will Inherit the Future – Ever Smarter World
"What is evolutionary developmentalism (“universal evo devo”)? It is a minority view of universal change in science and philosophy today, a simultaneous application of both evolutionary and developmental thinking to the universe and its replicating subsystems."
evolution  development  future  theory  optimism 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Anvil for Mac - Available Now
Anvil for Mac. A menubar app for managing local sites.
macintosh  software  development  web-programming  via:deusx 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Early relationships, not brainpower, key to adult happiness
"The researchers found, on the one hand, a strong pathway from child and adolescent social connectedness to adult well-being. This illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships over the lifespan to adulthood. On the other hand, the pathway from early language development, through adolescent academic achievement, to adult well-being was weak, which is in line with existing research showing a lack of association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.

The analyses also suggest that the social and academic pathways are not intimately related to one another, and may be parallel paths."
psychology  happiness  children  adult  development  social-psychology  connection  academic  success 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Half-formed thoughts about Twitter, social silos, web APIs, and mashups «
"What’s left behind are things that aren’t owned by a single entity. RSS, rssCloud, Atom, AtomPub, PubSubHubbub, JSON Activity Streams, Salmon, WebFinger, OStatus, etc and so forth. We could talk to each other with these things, and make beautiful mashups.

But, a lot of us have been distracted by shiny corporate APIs, building value for others and sometimes making a little for ourselves. Why bother writing a web spider chasing microformatted relationships to build a social graph, when we could make a single HTTP GET and have a JSON-formatted friends list tossed back – and thus, get on with the real thing we wanted to do with that list?"
internet  network  development  trend  culture  corporate  business  apps  api  infrastructure  standards  ownership 
july 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there - The Washington Post
Although jobs in some high-tech areas, especially computer and petroleum engineering, seem to be booming, the market is much tighter for lab-bound scientists — those seeking new discoveries in biology, chemistry and medicine.
science  sts  economics  work  labor  employment  research  development  jobs 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: R
"During the 1950s and 1960s, advocates for government investments in science and technology (mainly basic research at universities) pulled off a remarkable coup. They successfully integrated conceptions of "basic research" with a linear model of innovation, making R
economics  innovation  technology  growth  wealth  research  development  government  funding 
june 2012 by tsuomela
How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme - Jobs
Indeed, my friend Charles Marohn and his colleagues at the Minnesota-based nonprofit Strong Towns have made a very compelling case that suburban sprawl is basically a Ponzi scheme, in which municipalities expand infrastructure hoping to attract new taxpayers that can pay off the mounting costs associated with the last infrastructure expansion, over and over. Especially as maintenance costs increase, there is never enough to pay the bill, because we are building in such expensive, inefficient ways.
urban  urbanism  design  architecture  infrastructure  government  local  municipal  economics  development  suburbia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
PLOS ONE: The Spread of Inequality
"We hypothesize, therefore, that the spread of socioeconomic stratification may have been a result of cultural change via demic diffusion. In other words, socioeconomic stratification may have spread across the globe over the past several thousand years, not because it provided apparent advantages that led to its adoption by egalitarian cultures, but simply because it altered demographic outcomes in ways that produced an increase in frequency of stratified populations, through population expansion or the outward migration of populations in search of additional territory and resources."
social  history  development  agent-based-model  inequality  stratification  anthropology 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Can a Playground Be Too Safe? -
"While some psychologists — and many parents — have worried that a child who suffered a bad fall would develop a fear of heights, studies have shown the opposite pattern: A child who’s hurt in a fall before the age of 9 is less likely as a teenager to have a fear of heights.

By gradually exposing themselves to more and more dangers on the playground, children are using the same habituation techniques developed by therapists to help adults conquer phobias, according to Dr. Sandseter and a fellow psychologist, Leif Kennair, of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. "
safety  risk  perception  children  parent  psychology  development  fear 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Measure of America: American Human Development Project
"The American Human Development Project provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards."
education  statistics  maps  health  development  america  human  econometrics  economics  political-science 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Ashesi University Foundation
"Since its founding in 2002, Ashesi (Ah-SHESS-ee) University in Ghana has empowered young Africans with the skills, and the motivation, to create a better future for Africa. Ashesi’s groundbreaking curriculum, unique in Africa, fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and a concern for others. "
africa  development  education  college  academic  university 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Text Patterns: comparisons are odorous
Comment on the Bill James article about talent in Topeka.
talent  education  development  society  sports  literature  recognition  fame 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Deep Globalization, Deep Trouble
"The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy, Dani Rodrik, W.W. Norton
book  review  economics  globalization  development 
march 2011 by tsuomela
"The world is experiencing three simultaneous crises in finance, development, and the environment. A number of economists are questioning the mainstream narratives and analyses of these crises. Some of us have joined to create the Triple Crisis Blog to contribute to a more open and global dialogue around these three crises."
weblog-group  economics  environment  development  finance 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Boston Review — Kentaro Toyama: Can Technology End Poverty?
If I were to summarize everything I learned through research in ICT4D, it would be this: technology—no matter how well designed—is only a magnifier of human intent and capacity. It is not a substitute. If you have a foundation of competent, well-intentioned people, then the appropriate technology can amplify their capacity and lead to amazing achievements. But, in circumstances with negative human intent, as in the case of corrupt government bureaucrats, or minimal capacity, as in the case of people who have been denied a basic education, no amount of technology will turn things around.
ict4d  development  ict  technology  poverty  economics 
november 2010 by tsuomela
The why and how of the elmcity project « Jon Udell
focusing on three things: refining the elmcity service, explaining the project’s underlying ideas and principles in a series of why-to pieces at, and documenting how it all works in a series of how-to articles at
programming  development  community  calendar  aggregation 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Symbiota : HomePage
In this quickly changing world, there has developed a great necessity to learn about our world-wide biota at an increased rate. Scientists are predicting that future species declines will approach historical mass extinction levels within this century. We need to develop better tools to aid taxonomists, field biologists, and environmental educators. It is imperative that we increase our rate of conducting biological inventories, especially within the tropics, as well as steering youth toward becoming our future scientists. Symbiota web tools strive to integrate biological community knowledge and data in order to synthesize a network of databases and tools that will aid in increasing our overall environmental comprehension.
biology  data  biodiversity  software  science  collaboration  development 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Sam Geall - Lies, damn lies and Chinese science | New Humanist
Whether the issue at hand concerns earthquakes or nutrition or medicine, what we witness in today’s China is the way in which science – upheld since the early 20th century as the cornerstone of Chinese development – is repeatedly stymied by ideology, superstition, bureaucratic thinking and fear of dissent. This is a frightening situation.
science  culture  china  development  humanism  sts 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Observations: Open-source personal robotics seeks a community to make it affordable [video]
Until someone develops a common platform for building robots (think of the combination of Windows and Intel that has made PCs so accessible), the technology will remain elusive to the general public. At least that's the contention of Willow Garage, Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif. company that Wednesday made its PR2 personal robot available to the public.
open-source  robotics  technology  science  community  development 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Yahoo! Query Language - YDN
The Yahoo! Query Language is an expressive SQL-like language that lets you query, filter, and join data across Web services.
programming  yahoo  development  web 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Here Comes the Neighborhood - Magazine - The Atlantic
Conventional suburbs are overbuilt and out of favor. In cities and suburbs alike, walkable neighborhoods linked by train are the future. Here’s how a new network of privately funded rail lines can make that future come to pass more quickly and cheaply—and help reinvigorate housing and the economy.
urban  urbanism  design  development  housing  suburbia  space  transportation  transit 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Santa Fe-ing of the World |
The dominant forms of transportation today are the automobile, the jet plane, and the networked computer. What does adding the networked computer get you? I think the answer is “the Santa-Fe-ing of the World.” This means the rise of places where the entire point of which is face-to-face contact. These places are concentrated and walkable, like villages. Some are embedded in the old downtowns – such as Adams Morgan in Washington, or The Left Bank of Paris, or the charming portions of what in London is referred to, somewhat narcissistically, as “The City.” Some are part of what have traditionally been regarded as suburbs or edge cities, such as Reston, Virginia, or Emeryville/Berkeley, California.
development  geography  urban  economics  edge-city 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Burgh Diaspora - Economic Development From Geographic Mobility
Jim Russell - I'm a geographer with a special interest in diaspora economics. My mission is to help Rust Belt communities such as Pittsburgh benefit from the export of talent.
weblog-individual  economics  urban  development  community  geography 
june 2010 by tsuomela
The Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies
The OBO Foundry is a collaborative experiment involving developers of science-based ontologies who are establishing a set of principles for ontology development with the goal of creating a suite of orthogonal interoperable reference ontologies in the biomedical domain. The groups developing ontologies who have expressed an interest in this goal are listed below, followed by other relevant efforts in this domain.
biology  database  development  ontology  metadata  science  open  semantic-web  bioinformatics  open-science  data-curation  project(Utenn) 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Law & order for thee, but not for me! (Part 3: Manifolds & Manifestos)
Paul Rosenberg deploys Robert Kegan's developmental psychology to explain differences between conservative and liberal ideologies.
psychology  politics  development  morality  conservative  conservatism  ideology  liberal 
may 2010 by tsuomela
The Looming Infrastructure Crisis | GOVERNING
"The problem isn't just devilish. It's stuck in a devil's triangle of cross-pressures conspiring to make a solution incredibly tough. On one side of the triangle is the deep and ongoing state budget crisis...On the triangle's second side is the feds' struggle to figure out what national transportation policy should look like....On the triangle's third side is Congress, where all politics is local and all transportation debates are tactical."
infrastructure  government  politics  development  transportation 
april 2010 by tsuomela
HPCwire: The Search For a New HPC Language
2006 update on DARPA funded developments at in new HPC languages: Chapel (Cray), X10 (IBM) and Fortress (Sun).
funding  history  future  research  programming  development  high-performance-computing  computer-science 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. -
Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Gapminder was founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling on February 25, 2005.
statistics  visualization  data  economics  development  politics  world  international  united-nations  information  public-data 
april 2010 by tsuomela
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