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  • 1. Collecting and Understanding Community Data to Drive Civic Decision-making Knight Digital Media Center ! Alicia Rouault + Matt Hampel @arouault @matth @golocaldata localdata.com
  • 2. ! "Leak the knowledge of the neighborhood into codified systems, like a backward Wikileak. Activate a citizenry." ! — Saskia Sassen, 2013
  • 3. Bottom-up Smart City? NATURAL CITIES incomplete mutable rapid change INTELLIGENT CITIES top-down closed source proprietary
  • 4. OPEN SOURCE URBANISM? CIVIC TECH knowledge transfer open data democratized
  • 5. What is civic technology? ! a new industry changing the way you interact with local government in the same way that earlier tech start-ups have changed what’s possible on the Internet
  • 6. Civic Tech Ecosystem institutionalized innovation government agencies startups and private sector technology non-profits + academia
  • 7. Code for America LocalData began as a project of Code for America, a national organization matching city government with technologists to produce lightweight technology designed to address civic challenges
  • 8. Detroit, 2012
  • 9. Uncertain Future
  • 10. 40 Square Miles of Vacant Property
  • 11. Targeting New Investment paper is fun
  • 12. Property Data Mismatch twob
  • 13. Paper.
  • 14. Lengthy Data Collection 9 MONTH TIMELINE 40 surveyors went out and surveyed over the course of 2 months using paper and pen Data entry & manual transcription Geocoding and Analysis (ArcMap) Maps, Reports and Strategic Decision making
  • 15. Inefficiency: Residential Parcel Survey 350,000 parcels 9 months 3 questions Static data
  • 16. Rapidly Changing Cities
  • 17. Ubiquity of Devices :: Citizen Generated Data
  • 18. To solve new problems... Cities need more data better local faster
  • 19. How can we help civic institutions make data-driven decisions? ! How can we empower residents to be a part of this process?
  • 20. Custom Spatial Survey Design Create surveys in your browser, quickly ! Set geospatial boundaries for your survey ! unlimited data collectors !
  • 21. Mobile Spatial Data Collection Geocodes in real-time ! Add data to existing datasets ! Simple interface !
  • 22. Visualize, Filter and Export in Real Time
  • 23. Crowdsourcing vs. Flocksourcing
  • 24. Do More with Less Increase capacity of underresourced governments and non-profits do good work efficiently Leverage Human Experts valuable qualitative knowledge converted to quantified, visual data
  • 25. Agency in Data Participatory Data as Civic Engagement Connect to Citizens Increase transparency
  • 26. Case Studies
  • 27. Detroit, MI: Commercial Corridors 9,000 properties
 6 weeks
  • 28. Gary, Indiana: Rightsizing 14,600 properties surveyed ! 2,000+ acres !
  • 29. Real-Time Insights Total Parcels: Parcels Surveyed: 2,440 1,270 12,421 7,857 (63%) 1,145 3,749 Vacant/abandoned: …of which ‘D’ or ‘F’: 512 3,305 71% 58% Aetna Downt. 30% Emers. % Surveyed - Building 35% Midt. Miller 21% % Surveyed - Empty # Not Enclosed/Secure P'ski # of Parcels 69 39 # with Fire Damage Aetna 69 27 Downt. 18 49 6 Midt. 16 Miller 12 P'ski 36% 31% 35% 29% 26% 25% 16% 17% Aetna 20% 12% Downt. Emers. Midt. % Vacant / Abandoned Miller P'ski % 'D' or 'F' Key Takeaways Downtown / Emerson worst hit Aetna and Pulaski at tipping point: recently abandoned homes Many homes need boarding up; some areas more prone to fire • • 54 Emers. 27% % Unsurveyed 148 77 % of Surveyed Parcels % of Total Parcels 36% 39% 1,447 (30% of surveyed) 1,103 (23% of surveyed) •
  • 30. Understand Cost + Inform Deconstruction Policy z
  • 31. Malden, MA: Nighttime Economy 208 streetlights ! 43 
 bad routes
  • 32. Mexico City (MIT): Supply Chain Logistics 130 collectors ! 3 days 25,000 datapoints !
  • 33. Southeast Michigan: Bike Infrastructure 412 bikes ! 15 locations ! 2 days !
  • 34. community development asset management logistics + supply chains transportation infrastructure
  • 35. 16 Cities Globally TOP PLANNING APP: 2014
  • 36. Visit localdata.com to get started! localdata.com
  • 37. ! localdata.com alicia@localdata.com