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I am new at this instance: I'm an architect and PhD on social sciences who studies the commodifications between , and in the context of the Urban Studies and I am now pursuing a more data-scientist approach. I've been using for some years and I am now starting with

I'm looking for people with similar research interests or who can help me improving my skills.

Thanks @cxli for kindly introducing me to this nice ritual.


This week on the blog: Teaching the in 2020, focusing on introducing the ecosystem to new useRs and recent advances. 1st post is up!

✅ Getting started:
◽️ Data visualization
◽️ Data wrangling and tidying
◽️ When to purrr?



Definitely worth trying.

In Spain we've been paying 25M€/year just to read papers from Elsevier. That's ~ same amount spent on national postdoctoral program (Juan de la Cierva). Looks like too much

🐦🔗: is going to be putting on a free conference covering a variety of topics! We will have signup sheets for moderators, presenters, *and* participants coming soon.

PSA: I know image descriptions aren't possible for everyone and I respect that access-needs clash (all disabled people are familiar with this phenomenon). But I also know a lot more people can describe their images than are currently doing so.

If you can, you should describe
* jokes and memes; it's no good telling me I'm not missing anything
* gifs and videos
* your art! I see so much art I can't boost
* cute animal pics; I'm always sad when I can't boost the cute dogs
* audio clips too!

That is, when your work is freely available, more people read it and cite it. And for scholars, more citations means more career opportunities: jobs, grants, conference invites...Everything that matters to the progress of scholarship.

It's obvious, but it has some fascinating implications - like, "If you're a scientist who wants to progress, you should let Nature publish your work and get the prestige, then defeat Nature's paywall so that Scihub can distribute it and get the impact."


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Not only does Scihub make it possible for scholars to see the literature they need to review to continue their work, irrespective of institutional affiliation (this is especially important in the Global South, where many universities can't afford subscriptions).

But - as a quartet of scholars from Brazil, Colombia, Czech, and Australia show in a new paper...well, the title says it all, really: "THE SCI-HUB EFFECT: SCI-HUB DOWNLOADS LEAD TO MORE ARTICLE CITATIONS."


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Alchemy looks a lot like science: an alchemist observes a phenomenon, hypothesises a causal relationship, and designs and performs an experiment to test the hypothesis.

The difference is in what happens next.

The scientist publishes their findings so that others can critique it. The alchemist does not. Scientists aren't smarter than alchemists, so scientists are every bit as capable of making themselves believe that drinking mercury is good for their health.



We are excited that QGIS 3.14 has been released on 2020-06-19 12:00:00 UTC!
The release is now in packaging. Stay posted for news on packages/installers and the official release announcement!


Kudos to and for their great job designing and displaying such an interesting, dynamic and interactive map and sharing the source code here: I am proud of you, mates!

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I've been thinking a lot about lately, and I've just remembered this prototype displaying how female/male use Zaragoza's public service from our assoc. made by and, using and FLOSS only


Just published by findings suggest these networks become a regional gateway for multinational firms to expand their presence in Smart City national markets, rather than empowering medium-sized cities and national SME


A SNA of cities and firms within Spanish network of Smart Cities reveals that "firms seem to benefit more from the network than cities, [...] this kind of institutionalized networks seems to strengthen a small group of cities and companies" by


GeoPandas 0.8.0 has arrived!

It's a big one: more IO (PostGIS, Parquet, Feather), optional speed-up using PyGEOS, better support for multiple geometry columns, and lots of other fixes and improvements.
Thanks to all contributors for making this possible!


Free accessibility tips from my wife, a professional UX designer who does a lot of accessibility work:

1. Keep your image descriptions short, simple, and descriptive. Try to limit it to a single tweet-length.

2. Don’t do both alt-text AND a visible image description. This will result in screenreaders reading your caption twice.

3. Use camel case in your hashtags.

A must-have: This online tool allows you to guess the name of the style that was used by simply writing it output (or the closes matches).

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