Anthropocene Statistics

Long statistical time series get a new name:
Anthropocene Statistics.

‘The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geological time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans’. -> more

The anthropogenic discussion …

… as to be read at Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Abstract from: “Will Steffen, Jacques Grinevald,Paul Crutzen,andJohn McNeill  The Anthropocene: conceptual and historical perspectives):

The human imprint on the global environment has now become so large and active that it rivals some of the great forces of Nature in its impact on the functioning of the Earth system. Although global-scale human influence on the environment has been recognized since the 1800s, the termAnthropocene, introduced about a decade ago, has only recently become widely, but informally, used in the global change research community. However, the term has yet to be accepted formally as a new geological epoch or era in Earth history. In this paper, we put forward the case for formally recognizing the Anthropocene as a new epoch in Earth history, arguing that the advent of the Industrial Revolution around 1800 provides a logical start date for the new epoch. We then explore recent trends in the evolution of the Anthropocene as humanity proceeds into the twenty-first century, focusing on the profound changes to our relationship with the rest of the living world and on early attempts and proposals for managing our relationship with the large geophysical cycles that drive the Earth’s climate system.’

See also:

Some statistical indicators related to the anthropocene:

Anthropocene Indicators


Welcome to The Anthropocene

A special website is dedicated to this topic:

In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date. A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.

Better decision support at iPad

Translated from Computer Sweden by Google translate:

Of Joel Åsblom

The Swedish decision support provider QlikTech has developed a version of QlikView iPad. Among the users are a Dutch customer who has supplied 150 offices with Apple’s tablet PC.

Qlikview i olika manicker.
Qlikview of various widgets.

QlikTech has recently invested heavily in developing mobile versions of the decision support tool QlikView. 

– We tailor Qlikview for iPad, iPhone and Android. One can of course also run regular QlikView AJAX client in the browser on them, “says marketing manager Jennifer Ehle QlikTech.

She says that many Swedish customers running pilots of mobile clients, mainly on the iPhone, and that interest is also great from the outside world. The latest example is the Dutch mortgage lender, the Hypotheekshop as equipped sellers of 150 offices with Apple iPad. With them will Qlikview enhance sales and improve customer service.

Among the advantages of QlikView brings out is that Ipadversionen of Qlikview has features to analyze business data directly with customers. Since the iPad has built-in GPS, you can, for example to obtain local information about the inventory data to customers within a specific geographic area.

Qlikview HD will initially be designed for the multi-touch interface that is available in Apple’s tablet PC where you can both tap, pinch and drag to select data points.

Explorations of real-world traffic

Explorations of real-world traffic (from Flowing Data)

Apr 15, 2010 to MappingPost on Twitter23 comments

Explorations of real-world traffic

Traffic visualizations, mostly in the form of geographic maps, have been popular lately. Governments and organizations have been releasing lots of GPS data, and as a result, we get to see some impressive animations and explore some slick interactives.

We don’t often get to see how cars, trains, subways, airplanes, etc move in physical space, because, well, we’re usually in them, so it’s always interesting to see the big picture. The activity feels very organic as traffic peaks during rush hours and slows down during the night, taxis provide service to and from the airport, and air traffic continues into the late hours. The maps pulsate with energy.

Let’s take a look at some of these great traffic visualizations, some new and some old.

Hal Varian (Google) and Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Media, Inc.), “Measurables”

Gov 2.0 Summit Videos (from Google Public Sector Blog)

Monday, September 14, 2009 | 11:45 AM

If you weren’t able to make the Gov 2.0 Summit last week in DC, you’re in luck – videos of most presentations are now online.

We’ll post an update when Ola Rosling’s presentation on public data search and visualization is online.

Tim O’Reilly interviewed Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian about how government can take advantage of real time data and economic indicators.