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Evidence informed activism &
data-based deliberations
Tracey P. Lauriault
Dunlop Oriel House, Dublin 2, 7:30PM 4th March 2...
Producing
knowledge
Counting things makes them visible
2006
http://www.cso.ie/en/census/index.html
http://www.dublindashboard.ie/pages/DublinEnvironment
Quantifying things provides information
http://www.epa.ie/air/qualit...
http://euclid.psych.yorku.ca/SCS/Gallery/imag
es/dan/quetelet-binomial.jpg
https://archive.org/stream/lathoriedelhom0
0hal...
http://www.calculator.net/bmi-calculator.html
Correlating things shows relationships
When things are known actions are taken
Homosexuals were deviants and
genetics demonstrated a biological predisposition
Po...
http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2015/515/b515d.pdf
Bureaucracy acts upon known things
http://www.refcom.i...
Classification and counting is resisted
https://www.a
sthma.ie/news
/were-calling-
for-clean-air-
for-all
http://www.irish...
Data
Based
Deliberations
Femicide
http://kareningalasmith.com/counting-dead-women/
Counting Dead Women
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/focus-on-violent-crime-and-sexual-offences--2013-14/rpt-
chapte...
http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=00010001001400130010&sectionTitle=Femicide+
Census#femcensus
Femicide Census
http://www.womensaid
.org.uk/domestic-
violence-
events.asp?itemid=335
1&itemTitle=Femicide
+Census%3A+Profile
s+of+Women+...
Why the Femicide Census?
• Provide a clearer picture of domestic homicides in the UK by
age/ethnic origin/ relationship/ p...
Data
Based
Actions
Charities
http://openknowledge.ie/about/#whoweare
http://openknowledge.ie/first-irish-charity-data-hackday/
Charity Hack Day
http://...
Evidence
Informed
Actions
Homelessness
http://www.homelessdublin.ie/pass
http://www.dublincity.ie/official-street-count-figures-rough-
sleeping-winter-2014-acros...
http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/SpecialNeeds/HomelessPeople/
http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousi...
• Dublin Region Homeless
Executive (DRHE) -
Research and Data
Advisory Committee
(RDAC)
• Housing Agency
• DRHE
• Public H...
“https://gcrc.carleton.ca/confluence/display/GCRCWEB/Pilot+Atlas+of+the+Risk+of+Homelessness
Atlas of the Risk of Homeless...
Aging Social Housing Stock in Toronto
Data
Based
Actions
Transit
Transit & Demographic Data
Eoin O’Mahony, Assistant Lecturer SPD/DCU & Omar Sarhan, GIS and data enthusiast
https://irelan...
Public Transit Conversation
Privatizing public transport from the periphery to the centre?
• Data Sources
• Dublin Bus rou...
Data
Based
Campaigns
http://www.npr.org/2015/02/10/384129985/advocates
-join-fight-to-eliminate-detroit-s-rape-kit-backlog
http://www.endthebac...
http://ajah.ca
http://poweredbydata.org
Charitable Sector Data
Municipal Data Collection Tool
Data
Based
Deliberations
Save the Census Campaign
http://datalibre.ca/census-watch/
488 Against
Evidence
Informed
Activism
Evidence for Democracy
https://evidencefordemocracy.ca
Scholar
Activist
Research
Co-Production of knowledge with and/or for
community based groups, charitable
organizations & issue driven activists
1. Sc...
Data
Assemblage
Kitchin’s Data Assemblage
Attributes Elements
Systems of
thought
Modes of thinking, philosophies, theories, models,
ideolo...
Q & A
Tracey P. Lauriault
Tracey.Lauriault@NUIM.ie
@TraceyLauriault
http://www.nuim.ie/progcity/
Thank You!
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Shaping Dublin: A Seminar Series on the Contemporary City By the Provisional University

Evidence-free governing is short-sighted, politically expedient and favours PR politics. Even with science, ample knowledge and data, some make ‘prayerfully’ inspired decisions as seen by anti-vaccination parents in the US, while in Ireland being certifiably dead and pregnant may be a life sentence. Moral arguments favour easy fixes such as methadone treatment which are associated with unintended drug overdoses. In cities we marginalize the most vulnerable, such as people who are homeless and use them as scapegoats when really it’s about the political economy of housing. Women’s issues everywhere are generally un-accounted for as seen in the mountain of untested rape kits in the US or the inability to adequately track femicide in the UK. In Canada government ac-count-ability systems such as the census and science libraries are being cut and in Ireland localism vs the public interest or rhetoric vs facts are the norm. This talk will critically discuss open data, big data, open government, evidence-informed public policy, counting the invisible, data-based deliberations, calculated activism, Evidence for Democracy, and imagine what a public interest data-based infrastructure for Dublin would look like.

By:Tracey P. Lauriault, ERC Funded Programmable City Project, NIRSA, NUIM
Location: Dunlop Oriel House, Dublin 2,
Date: 7:30PM 4th March 2015

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Evidence informed activism & data-based deliberations

  1. 1. Evidence informed activism & data-based deliberations Tracey P. Lauriault Dunlop Oriel House, Dublin 2, 7:30PM 4th March 2015 The Programmable City Project NIRSA, NUIM Shaping Dublin: A Seminar Series on the Contemporary City By the Provisional University
  2. 2. Producing knowledge
  3. 3. Counting things makes them visible 2006 http://www.cso.ie/en/census/index.html
  4. 4. http://www.dublindashboard.ie/pages/DublinEnvironment Quantifying things provides information http://www.epa.ie/air/quality/#.VPX7KCxi_nM
  5. 5. http://euclid.psych.yorku.ca/SCS/Gallery/imag es/dan/quetelet-binomial.jpg https://archive.org/stream/lathoriedelhom0 0halbuoft#page/n5/mode/2up Counting and quantifying reveals what is normal
  6. 6. http://www.calculator.net/bmi-calculator.html Correlating things shows relationships
  7. 7. When things are known actions are taken Homosexuals were deviants and genetics demonstrated a biological predisposition Poor air quality is associated w/traffic congestion, transit and car pooling are remedial planning actions Obesity was considered a moral defect, biology and the political economy have been shown as factors, it has become a social issue
  8. 8. http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2015/515/b515d.pdf Bureaucracy acts upon known things http://www.refcom.ie/en/ http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/1980-smoking/ http://www.ices.on.ca/flip- publication/neighbourhood- environment-and- resources/index.html
  9. 9. Classification and counting is resisted https://www.a sthma.ie/news /were-calling- for-clean-air- for-all http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and- style/people/being-plus-size-does-not-mean-you-re- unhealthy-1.1834306 https://www.change.org/p/seventeen-magazine- correct-their-bmi-calculator-s-definition-of-healthy- range?utm_campaign=action_box&utm_mediu m=twitter&utm_source=share_petition
  10. 10. Data Based Deliberations Femicide
  11. 11. http://kareningalasmith.com/counting-dead-women/ Counting Dead Women
  12. 12. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/focus-on-violent-crime-and-sexual-offences--2013-14/rpt- chapter-2.html Official Statistics • The Home Office now records and publishes data on homicide victims and the relationship of the victim to the principal suspect and sex the of the victim. • But it does not have the sex of the killer or connect different forms of male violence against women. .
  13. 13. http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=00010001001400130010&sectionTitle=Femicide+ Census#femcensus Femicide Census
  14. 14. http://www.womensaid .org.uk/domestic- violence- events.asp?itemid=335 1&itemTitle=Femicide +Census%3A+Profile s+of+Women+Killed +by+Men&section=0 00100010017&sectio nTitle=Events+calend ar
  15. 15. Why the Femicide Census? • Provide a clearer picture of domestic homicides in the UK by age/ethnic origin/ relationship/ profession/region/outcome; • Provide a clearer picture of men’s fatal violence against women that is not committed by a partner or ex-partner; • Information to create advocacy tools to provide concrete data on domestic violence homicides; • Provide data when NGOs working to end domestic violence against women is providing expert evidence on domestic homicides in civil cases or before the Coroners court; • Provide comparisons and parallels between cases to identify where there is the potential for a systemic argument against the State for failing to protect the Right to Life; and • Provide a resource for academics researching femicides
  16. 16. Data Based Actions Charities
  17. 17. http://openknowledge.ie/about/#whoweare http://openknowledge.ie/first-irish-charity-data-hackday/ Charity Hack Day http://tcubedublin.com/ https://ti.to/ http://www.slideshare.net/AdrianOFlynn/solving-irish-charities-transparency-problemhttp://www.focusireland.ie/reports/2012/annual-report/accounts.html https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwvqlbZTmJr6TFQyYVVVYXB0eWc/edit http://dochas.ie/publications/accounting-and-reporting-charities-statement-recommended-practice-charity-commissionhttps://www.cafonline.org/publications/2014-publications/world-giving-index-2014.aspx
  18. 18. Evidence Informed Actions Homelessness
  19. 19. http://www.homelessdublin.ie/pass http://www.dublincity.ie/official-street-count-figures-rough- sleeping-winter-2014-across-dublin-region http://www.cso.ie/en/census/census2011reports/ho melesspersonsinirelandaspecialcensus2011report/ Homelessness Data collection
  20. 20. http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/SpecialNeeds/HomelessPeople/ http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/SpecialNeeds/HomelessPeople/ Homelessness Data Dissemination
  21. 21. • Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) - Research and Data Advisory Committee (RDAC) • Housing Agency • DRHE • Public Health • Focus Ireland • School of Social work and Social Policy TCD • Programmable City, NUIM • School of Business, TCD • HSE Network of Decision makers • Homelessness Oversight Committee • National Homeless Consultative Committee • Dublin Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum • 2016 Census Advisory Committee • Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government • Local Authorities/HSE • Charitable organizations • Housing and service providers ...more Homelessness Data Actors
  22. 22. “https://gcrc.carleton.ca/confluence/display/GCRCWEB/Pilot+Atlas+of+the+Risk+of+Homelessness Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness
  23. 23. Aging Social Housing Stock in Toronto
  24. 24. Data Based Actions Transit
  25. 25. Transit & Demographic Data Eoin O’Mahony, Assistant Lecturer SPD/DCU & Omar Sarhan, GIS and data enthusiast https://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/privatizing-public-transport-from-the-periphery-to-the-centre/
  26. 26. Public Transit Conversation Privatizing public transport from the periphery to the centre? • Data Sources • Dublin Bus routes considered for privatisation - 23 Dublin Bus & 5 Bus Éireann routes • CSO/AIRO maps at small area & electoral division to examine what public is served by public transport • Data Sets: • Population by social class – professional workers, skilled manual labour • Private Car Ownership • Deprivation Index • Analysis • Core – periphery analysis of bus route privatization • Examine demographics of ‘orbital’ areas served by proposed privatised bus routes • Effects of frequency of service delivery to different populations • Limitations • Absence of route-specific passenger load data Eoin O’Mahony, Assistant Lecturer SPD/DCU & Omar Sarhan, GIS and data enthusiast https://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/privatizing-public-transport-from-the-periphery-to-the-centre/
  27. 27. Data Based Campaigns
  28. 28. http://www.npr.org/2015/02/10/384129985/advocates -join-fight-to-eliminate-detroit-s-rape-kit-backlog http://www.endthebacklog.org/about-us/about-endthebacklog Rape Kits Campaigns http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/
  29. 29. http://ajah.ca http://poweredbydata.org Charitable Sector Data
  30. 30. Municipal Data Collection Tool
  31. 31. Data Based Deliberations
  32. 32. Save the Census Campaign http://datalibre.ca/census-watch/ 488 Against
  33. 33. Evidence Informed Activism
  34. 34. Evidence for Democracy https://evidencefordemocracy.ca
  35. 35. Scholar Activist Research
  36. 36. Co-Production of knowledge with and/or for community based groups, charitable organizations & issue driven activists 1. Scholar activists commit to channel their resources and privileges afforded academics 2. Resourcing in the form of research design 3. Research that explores the barriers to sustained and active participation in activism Scholar-Activist Research Kate Driscoll Dericksona & Paul Routledgeb (2014) Resourcing Scholar-Activism: Collaboration, Transformation, and the Production of Knowledge. The Professional Geographer 67(1), DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2014.883958
  37. 37. Data Assemblage
  38. 38. Kitchin’s Data Assemblage Attributes Elements Systems of thought Modes of thinking, philosophies, theories, models, ideologies, rationalities, etc. Forms of knowledge Research texts, manuals, magazines, websites, experience, word of mouth, chat forums, etc. Finance Business models, investment, venture capital, grants, philanthropy, profit, etc. Political economy Policy, tax regimes, public and political opinion, ethical considerations, etc. Govern- mentalities / Legalities Data standards, file formats, system requirements, protocols, regulations, laws, licensing, intellectual property regimes, etc. Materialities & infrastructures Paper/pens, computers, digital devices, sensors, scanners, databases, networks, servers, etc. Practices Techniques, ways of doing, learned behaviours, scientific conventions, etc. Organisations & institutions Archives, corporations, consultants, manufacturers, retailers, government agencies, universities, conferences, clubs and societies, committees and boards, communities of practice, etc. Subjectivities & communities Of data producers, curators, managers, analysts, scientists, politicians, users, citizens, etc. Places Labs, offices, field sites, data centres, server farms, business parks, etc, and their agglomerations Marketplace For data, its derivatives (e.g., text, tables, graphs, maps), analysts, analytic software, interpretations, etc. Systemsofthought
  39. 39. Q & A Tracey P. Lauriault Tracey.Lauriault@NUIM.ie @TraceyLauriault http://www.nuim.ie/progcity/ Thank You!

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