We Count! Tools and Strategies for Empowering Public Space Knowledge

May 8, 2018 · Brooklyn, United States of America

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Cities--governments, public agencies and officials, and the private companies that support them--collect large amounts of data on things like traffic flows, property values, crime statistics, and more. These measurements shape analysis and decisions about policy and design. But what people do in our cities is often left out of this process. Much of the data collected is unreliable, inaccessible, or only available to those who pay. Information about people’s activities in the public realm is often collected without much public engagement or significant open collaboration. As the amount of this data grows, it risks becoming increasingly privatized. To counter this trend, a wider range of players need to be involved. There is a tremendous need and opportunity to make public life data--data about people moving and using public spaces--more accessible, scalable, and comparable within cities, across cities and regions, between agencies, and at different scales.

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