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  • We’re on the Whitehall steering group of “digital and data visionaries”

    Fran Bennett Nov 4, 2015

    It was announced yesterday that Fran, our CEO, will be on the new steering group of “digital and data visionaries” helping the UK government become more and more data-driven. We’re obviously very excited about this – both because it’s an honour to be asked to participate, and because we’re genuinely keen to put data to work in a […]

  • City modelling MVP – develop and share demographic projections

    Fran Bennett Oct 28, 2015

    We’re getting very close to launching the minimum viable product (MVP) version of Witan, the city modelling platform we’ve been working on since this summer. The MVP will be focussed on running and evolving demographic models – having a picture of how many people, of what type, will be where, in a city, underpins all sorts of […]

  • How we’re building a new city platform

    Chris Adams Sep 9, 2015

    As we mentioned earlier on the blog, we’re working on a very big and ambitious project to create a new city modelling platform, Witan, with London as the first test bed. Since there is so much that could be done in this field, and so many possible ways to do it, there are some tough choices for […]

  • Witan – the flexible city modelling platform

    Elizabeth Weise Aug 19, 2015

    As Fran mentioned in herprevious blog post, Mastodon C is working together with the Greater London Authority to develop a flexible approach to city modelling. The aim is to take forecasting beyond the limitations of Excel, while providing modellers with the benefits of sophisticated data management tools, such as version control, security levels and scaling […]

  • A next-generation city modelling platform is born… (well, conceived… blog post

    Fran Bennett Jun 4, 2015

    [cross posted from the London DataStore blog] There’s been a lot of discussion, on this blog and elsewhere, of what to actually do with city data once it’s out in the world. We think that, given the capital’s booming population and the consequent policy focus on addressing a wide range of infrastructure needs, one of the […]

  • Want to build UI in Clojurescript?

    Bruce Durling May 22, 2015

    We’re looking for a User Interface designer and developer to help us work on an upcoming project. More details are below. Who we are Mastodon C are agile big data specialists. We offer the open source technology platform and the skills to help our clients realise the potential of their data. We work in particular […]

  • City Modeller/Data Scientist Job

    Bruce Durling May 18, 2015

    We’re looking for an experienced City Modeller and Data Scientist to help us work on an upcoming project. More details are below. Who we are Mastodon C are agile big data specialists. We offer the open source technology platform and the skills to help our clients realise the potential of their data. We work in […]

  • Handoffs considered expensive

    Bruce Durling Mar 15, 2015

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a team of coders in possession of dependencies must be in trouble. Much of agile at scale is about reducing or eliminating the dependencies between teams, usually by making multiskilled teams (see devops et al). Since working at Mastodon C though I’ve noticed that I’ve not suffered this […]

  • Finding technology innovators using big data

    Fran Bennett Feb 10, 2015

    We just finished a piece of work for Nesta, looking at how to spot innovative software developers and firms using publicly available data. It was an intriguing exercise – and if you’re a developer, you might want to have a look and see if you can spot anyone you know (we certainly did!). Longer explanation is here if you […]

  • Useful air quality data library

    Fran Bennett Feb 3, 2015

    We just published a new how-to to the Digital Catapult’s Open Health Data Platform, walking through how to get and use UK air quality data at scale. The explanation and example code might be useful to you if you’re thinking of adding air quality data into your analysis.

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