Articles in category: data

Delete Facebook

31 December 2019 - At the end of every year, when it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, people seek help to quit smoking - but even more people try to figure out how to delete their Facebook account.

Holleweg

8 September 2019 - If you’re cycling in the Netherlands, especially in hilly areas, you may well find yourself on a road named Holleweg (Holloway). I had the idea that if you’d create a map of all the roads named Holleweg, you might end up with a simplified elevation map of the Netherlands.

Translating polls into policy outcomes

14 July 2019 - In a report on last May’s Australian election, Nick Evershed of the Guardian translated live election results into support for specific policy outcomes.

Traffic flow maps

19 May 2019 - A 1976 traffic study published by the city of Amsterdam contains beautiful traffic flow maps showing how cyclists and motorists use the city’s streets. A tweet alerted me to the fascinating history of traffic flow maps.

Scraping Airbnb

12 May 2019 - Airbnb is not exactly keen to share data that might help analyse its impact on local housing markets. In 2016, the Amsterdam Municipality decided to collect Airbnb data using a scraper - a computer programme that automates the job of retrieving information from web pages.

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