Google’s new “Art Project” employs its Street View technology to provide access to 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums. The visitors can discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.
Archive for 2011
Based on the previous European Innovation Scoreboard, this new tool is meant to help monitor the implementation of the Innovation Union by providing a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.
HBS professor William R. Kerr and doctoral candidate Scott Duke Kominers develop a theoretical model for analyzing the forces that drive agglomeration, or industrial clustering. The model highlights how agglomerative forces lead to localized, individual connections among firms, while interaction costs generate a defined distance over which attraction forces operate.
Louise Joselyn in New Electronics magazine reports on “smart city” development in France. The telecoms company France Telecom Orange has been running two smart city pilot projects at Cagne-sur-mer, a city with 40,000 residents located near Nice, and in the Grenoble city center.
Harvard Business School has published a paper that reviews the goals, business models, and partnerships involved in eight early “ecocity” projects to begin to identify success factors in this emerging industry.
LoraxPRO is an online collaborative tool aim to simplify many aspects of the LEED certification process. The tool has developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of the LEED green building program.
MIT Technology Review magazine outlines the efforts of Schneider Electric, a company that makes software and hardware for energy-efficient buildings, to test its own products in the new headquarters campus near La Défense, the Parisian business district.