Location, location, location – how visitors perceive your neighbourhood

Airbnb - how is your neighbourhood perceived?

The summer’s almost gone. We hope you managed to enjoy a holiday. These days, chances are you stayed in an airbnb property. Was the listing accurate? How was the communication? Cleanliness? Check-in? Value? How about the location? These are the six questions every airbnb guest is asked after a stay – but it’s the last one that is the focus of a fascinating data mapping project that uses user-generated data to see how visitors view the different neighbourhoods of a city. The aggregated star-rating of each Airbnb listing is publicly accessible, with a large amount of data available for the most visited cities. When overlaid on a map, the data “reveals interesting geographic patterns and exposes subjective perceptions on safety, upkeep and convenience.” See how your neighbourhood is perceived…

Planning Analytics tops BARC report

BARC Top ranked planning and analytics - IBM PLanning Analytics

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) recently issued its Planning Survey 17. And the results are clear – IBM remains the market leader in planning and analytics. IBM Planning Analytics (the successor to Cognos TM1) was “top-ranked” in 20 KPIs. Based on findings from “the world’s largest and most comprehensive survey of planning software users,” the annual report examines software products for planning, budgeting and forecasting, and ranks them across numerous categories (or KPIs) based on user feedback. Speak to the team at Barrachd to find out more how IBM’s industry leading planning and analytics tools can help you.

Parliament seeks answers to AI’s big questions

Parliament seeks to answer AI's big questions

Parliament is getting down with data. Next month the UK Data Protection Bill gets its first reading in the House of Commons. The House of Lords, however, are going a step further into the future of data with an enquiry into the ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. The inquiry will be used to understand what opportunities exist for society in the development and use of artificial intelligence, as well as what risks there might be and aim to seek “pragmatic solutions to the issues presented.”

Turning Open Banking challenges into opportunities 

Turning Open Banking challenges into opportunities data-disruption-and-destruction

“A giant change is coming for banking in the UK. Not Brexit, but Open Banking, the new directive that will require the largest UK banks to give third parties access to their data, down to the level of current account transactions.” But the banks are fighting back with an initiative that aims to turn their challenge into opportunities. Along with Nesta, the banks have teamed up to launch the Open Up Challenge. And the 20 successful entrants to the £5m prize have now been revealed… giving a glimpse of what open Banking will look like in practice.

The data of destruction

Nuke Map - the data of destruction - data-disruption-and-destruction

North Korea’s nuclear posturing is testing the patience of America, and fuelling President Trump’s angry nuclear arsenal Twitter retaliation, but it’s not just Americans and Koreans that are left nervously considering the consequences of a nuclear strike. But, what destruction would a nuclear bomb actually wreak? Well, it depends on everything from the size of the the bomb itself to the time of day, the weather, the type of land where it hits, or if it detonates in the air. Of course, there simply isn’t a happy answer to the question, but the “Nuke Map” brings all the data together to give a more accurate idea. See for yourself.

Edinburgh second in Data Innovation Index

Edinburgh Data Innovation

The UK Tech Innovation Index, was published this week by the Open Data Institute and Digital Catapult, revealing the most active innovation communities in the UK. Edinburgh ranks second overall, behind London, with Glasgow ranked fourth. Edinburgh also sits in second place for data innovation. The Index aims to identify the most active innovation communities among 36 of the largest UK cities. Data has been gathered on tech events, conferences and meet-ups, together with academic publications, local skills measures, business start-up rates and spending on research and development. It aims to create a clearer picture of the UK innovation landscape, to help inform business and public sector decision-making around investment and growth.

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Gordon Laing

Gordon Laing

After years spent plying a trade in journalism, I changed. But journalists never really change, do they? It’s always been about finding and sharing the best insight. And always will be.

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