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5 Ways Cities Are Using Big Data

New York City released more than 200 high-value data sets to the public on Monday — a way, in part, to provide more content for open-sourced mapping projects like OpenStreetMap.

It’s one of the many releases since the Local Law 11 of 2012 passed in February, which calls for more transparency of the city government’s collected data.

But it’s not just New York: Cities across the world, large and small, are utilizing big data sets — like traffic statistics, energy consumption rates and GPS mapping — to launch projects to help their respective communities.

We rounded up a few of our favorites below. Emphasis here on the word few — projects like these are popping up nearly every day in different cities Emphasis here on the word few — projects like these are popping up nearly every day in different cities. And as more information becomes public, the potential for these increases significantly.

via Mashable.

Microsoft’s open source BrowserSwarm tool lets developers test JavaScript frameworks across all major browsers

Microsoft today launched BrowserSwarm, an open source tool to help Web developers automate testing of their JavaScript frameworks and libraries across devices and browsers. To take advantage, all you have to do is sign up for free here.

Microsoft’s pitch is simple: quality frameworks are the foundation for the modern Web, but framework developers often don’t have the resources to test across browsers. As such, BrowserSwarm aims to save them time and server resources by letting the cloud take care of the heavy lifting: no need to set up multiple-browser and device testing environments.

via The Next Web.