What Big Data can Mean for Sustainability


This morning I tried to get my Beaglebone Black connected to my Macintosh laptop, but was unable to due to an operating system clash with one of the drivers.  I am charging my Windows laptop to try connecting the board to that machine.  I want to start working on coding a Solar Poem Machine program using the Make Projects Universal Translator project.  While the Windows laptop was charging I Googled “big data sustainability” and found and read this article.  I had seen that there was a talk at Emory by Ben Jordan of Coca Cola about supply chain sustainability.  With this talk in mind and the need for me to find employment I found a paper on Facebook today that seems interesting.


The paper looks at the consumption of households and its correlation with climate change metrics.  The paper authors analyze a database called ExioBase.  The database can be used to analyze the environmental impacts of industrial processes.  I would like to see what kind of information graphics I can design from this dataset as a project to try get employed as a data scientist in the field of sustainability.  I am curious as to how social media conversations on Twitter correlate to the ExioBase database.  I would like to learn ways of correlating Twitter conversation data with consumption data.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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