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  • Text Mining Defra

    Shawn Jhanji Aug 3, 2016

    We did some interesting work a while ago with the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, which tested the possibility of using text mining to highlight upcoming risks from incoming reports from the field. In this blog post, we’ll dig into some of the technical details of how to do this, and why […]

  • 33 boroughs, two babies and one city modelling platform

    Sunny Townsend Jan 27, 2016

    We’ve been hard at work since our last update – in that time we’ve delivered our first release of Witan, and two babies! Our city modelling platform is now live and our first users in London have been given access this week. on-demand demographic projections to meet housing demand Witan is now able to generate […]

  • Extracting Met Office weather data with Clojure

    Jason Bell Dec 14, 2015

    Living in York for the majority of my life, I’ve got used to flooding. With the number of floods increasing, and the probability of that flood causing long lasting damage also increasing, it would be a good idea to start peeking at past data and seeing if there’s anything jumping out at us. getting historical met office data The Met Office […]

  • The Mastodon in the room: Why Clojure?

    Antony Woods Nov 15, 2015

    Mastodon C advertises itself as a ‘Clojure shop’ when talking to clients and partners, but let’s delve a bit deeper into what this means and why we believe it’s a key advantage for us. Ultimately, it comes down to a simple idea: “Simplicity is hard work. But, there’s a huge payoff. The person who has a genuinely […]

  • 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 […]

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