Panel Discussion:”Daily Urbanism”at Open Cities conference

Today I participated in a panel for the Open Cities conference in Washington, DC. The topic was “Daily Urbanism”. Here’s the description from the program:

A good infographic is worth a thousand words. Data visualization can help bridge the gap between government projects and citizen engagement. Panelists will discuss opportunities to use data to better understand cities and guide regional policies.

Here’s some of the points we covered:

  • It may seem like automatic data, but there are millions of humans behind it
  • People reporting potholes, cops coming to the aid of citizens, building inspectors crawling through job sites
  • Represents immense human labor and many citizen interactions
  • Getting represented here is as important as being represented in the voting booth