This week saw the launch of the Urban Observatory, a museum exhibit and online portal for the simultaneous visualization of multiple variables in different major cities around the world. The Observatory, unveiled at the International User Conference of geographical software company Esri, uses extensive data regularization to allow users to compare dynamic datasets from countries that may not collect or measure their data in the same ways.
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.