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Data Collection in Cities

Participatory sensing projects do much more than create raw data. They build communities around shared interests, teach data literacy, and generate data needed to counter institutional narratives on policy issues. Data collection about city systems has traditionally been designed by those with the resources to collect information, and thus has largely been the activity of governments, corporations, and institutions. Now anyone can collect data with a little training; this is because innovations in digital technology are making everything from mobile phone to dog collars data collection devices. Often referred to as participatory or citizen data collection,  this seminar looks at the ways cities and communities collect important data about their cities and provide that to the public to use and analyze.