The Data Dialogue

Events at King’s College London.

1. Charlotte Roueché speaks on the functions of cultural heritage in warfare. For example, google satellite images could be used to document changes (and damages) to heritage sites

2. Kate Bowers introduces “Crime Science”, which is about producing methods&knowledge to reduce crime. She mentioned a lot of interesring things, including:

— Crime Data (part of which is publicly available)

In addition to traditional data, there are sets of data that are quite innovative. Think about body sensors that could be used to understand in which parts of the city people feel fearful.

Great literature pointers below

With her collaborators, Kate developed a mobile phone app to collect info on how concerned about safety people were in different settings. The researchers found that, people felt fearful when they were outside of their local areas (age and gender were weaker predictors compared to “being in the local area”).

An interesting research question could be — fear of crime does not go hand in hand with actual crime; what are the major predictors of such a gap? to answer that question, we need to collect data about fear ;-)

Robert Stewart mentioned a few projects that have relied on anonmyzied electronic health records.

This pdf might be a useful review paper of the field. He mentioned a study of temporal trends in social media and electronic health records.

— That study found that “increased activity related to mephedrone searches in Google and visits in Wikipedia preceded a peak in mephedrone-related references in the clinical record”.

— Here is the correlation between wealth and mental illness

Thomas Rid from the Department of War Studies.


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