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I am interested in civic engagement around water quality sensing. How can the public better understand and relate to water quality data? The Babbling Brook is prototype for a networked sensing flower that grows out of a body of water and constantly jokes about the water quality that it is sensing to whoever will listen. Ideally there would be a live webcam trained on the flower so that people could listen in over the Internet as well.
The problem that it solves is around engagement and interpretation of civic data. We are seeing data unlocked like never before, but there is still the problem of how we analyze, interpret and make use of that data. The Babbling Brook is like a weird guide in this space - helping to interpret and engage people around data that really matters to their everyday lives.