Population density and voting behaviour

This [1] article investigates the correlation between population density and voting behaviour for the 2016 presidential election in the US. Not very surprisingly, Clinton won in many denser (urban) voting districts, while Trump won in many more sparsely populated (rural) districts. More interestingly, the article shows these correlations in several beautifully rendered visualizations full of details.

[1] https://placesjournal.org/article/environment-as-politics/

Two examples how to look at travel time

One example uses a lot of under-the-hood data crunching to deliver rapid information on accessibility based on travel times, selling this information via API to businesses [1,2].

The other one is a bit more static and less entrepreneurial: How far can you get away from downtown by car on a Friday afternoon, i.e. where could you spend your weekend? [3]

[1] http://geoawesomeness.com/this-startup-is-changing-the-way-travel-time-s...
[2] http://www.traveltimeplatform.com/
[3] https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/escape-time/

ResearchGate and other metrics

Here [1] is an interesting blog post from the London School of Economics and Politics on the reverse engineering the ResearchGate score. It argues that there are several problems with it, and places the findings in the wider context of research metrics (including some links to other interesting reports).

[1] http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/12/09/the-researchgat...

The Enschede location and the music hook to it

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: deby

Dear all,

This message is especially of interest perhaps to our colleagues from abroad, who have an interest in the Dutch language, the history of Dutch culture, as well as an interest in music.
This is also raising a bit of awareness of the role that Enschede has played in that history.
Willem Wilmink was a poet, song text writer and more general author who created many texts to publish, for Dutch radio and TV. He lived in Enschede and the music theatre is named after him. Harry Bannink, born and grown up here also, was a very prolific music composer for radio and TV, and musicals and other theatre productions, and he put to music over 3,000 songs (essentially all in Dutch). These songs constitute a very important part of the Dutch National songbook.
Bannink's music has been very much the soundtrack of my youth and that of others in my age group. He was a miracle composer in the style of Burt Bacharach, so lightweight, easy-listening, and often very intelligently put together with high sensitivity to the spirit of the text.

A series of podcasts has just been published at http://degroteharrybanninkpodcast.blogspot.nl/ Each of these plays out as an interview with one well-known person from radio or television with the topic of discussing Bannink's songs, and obviously many are played in the podcast. These also constitute really good lessons in Dutch, if you have taken the first hurdle already.

Have fun listening.