How Data-Driven Initiatives can Save Young Lives

Jairo Mejía Data Stories

In one of the largest cities on the planet, a lot of things happen every day. Mexico City is one of the largest megalopolis in the world, and where adequate sensorization could make it an ideal laboratory for the use of data for the good of its citizens. Furthermore, the city could encourage public participation in data-driven initiatives. One such …

Eurovision 2018. Just Another Excuse to Demonstrate the Value of Data

Jairo Mejía Data Stories

Data is getting more and more specific, with deeper dimension, greater levels of richness from which individuals or organizations can draw insights. Data is especially granular and structure when it affects the core operations of business, governments or other organizations. Surprisingly, this also stands true for events that have gathered the attention and passion of fans from all over the …

Urban Discovery, a Vision to Rethink Cities

Jairo Mejía Data Stories

Late last year Urban Discovery showcased a new way of representing cities based on purchasing behavior. This approach allowed BBVA Data & Analytics examine Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico City under a new light. The insights extracted analyzing patterns of economic behavior helped us redraw the cities beyond the traditional administrative boundaries. The visualization created by BBVA Data & Analytics and …

RecSys, a Debate on How to Widen our World and Find New Ones

Jairo Mejía AI Factory Talks, Data Stories

In BBVA Data & Analytics we believe that the future of technology has to be continually questioned, debated, and has to consider different points of view. With that philosophy, we organized this week an unconventional gathering of artists, public servants, designers and creators to explore the implications of Recommender Systems (RecSys). These Machine Learning algorithms define how our world is …

Rediscovering Cities through Credit Card Data (Part 2)

Juan Murillo Data Stories

— Results interpretation from an urban perspective Project Background In a previous paper we outlined the methodology, models, and tools used for the analytical and graphical representation of the Urban Discovery project that we developed together with CARTO. In this second part, the focus is on the functionality of the results in order to interpret and improve the administration of …

Rediscovering Cities through Credit Card Data (Part 1)

Juan de Dios Romero Data Stories

— Analytical and Technological Process Administrative municipal boundaries, such as districts and neighbourhoods, are currently used not only to rule cities but also to describe the behaviour of their citizens. In fact, official statistics and open data are published using these divisions. However they may not be the best option for none of these purposes; nowadays, people and businesses? expand …

Understanding economic redistribution with credit card payments

Jose Javier Ramasco Data Stories

Background Cities contain neighborhoods that perform economically better than others. But in some cases the differences are extreme, as it happens in Rio the Janeiro where the average income of rich neighborhoods like Copacabana and Ipanema can be up to 100% higher than in the favelas, as stated by the United Nations. Inequality is a common issue for many cities …

Urban Analytics to Measure the Economic Impact of Traffic Calming

Juan Murillo Data Stories

Cities are physical hardware that withstand overlapped dynamics, resulting into very complex systems. Any change in one of its boundary conditions produces positive and negative effects. Traditionally, urbanists have tried to measure those effects -mainly through surveys- in order to get information whether the management decisions were producing the desired results. Digitization has brought two major innovations for city managers: …

Big Data to Enhance the Tourism in Mexico

Juan Murillo Data Stories

Last November 29th we presented the results of the project “Big Data and Tourism” carried out together with BBVA Bancomer and the Secretariat of Tourism in Mexico (SECTUR). Due to its cultural heritage and to the natural diversity of the country, among other strengths, tourism in Mexico is a rising sector, a solid source of employment in the country, and …

Measuring People’s Economic Resilience to Natural Disasters

Maria Hernandez Data Stories

We have been publishing research papers demonstrating that bank card transaction data is a resource that can provide insights into economic activity in a more timely fashion and with greater granularity than traditional methods. For instance: Scaling of city attractiveness for foreign visitors through big data of human economical and social media activity. https://arxiv.org/abs/1504.06003 Money on the move: Big data …

Big Data Comes Alive with Animation

Jerry Finn Data Stories

Our colleagues at Vizzuality commented that the interactive visualization they did with us was such a piece of art it could be displayed in Madrid’s Prado Art Museum. I disagree. Everyone knows that Madrid’s modern art museum is the Reina Sofia and BBVA’s and Vizzuality’s work is absolutely modern. In 2015 we decided in collaboration with our friends at Vizzuality to demonstrate the power …