Access to data for engaging Europeans
Being as diverse as its people, Europe needs engaging solutions that would monitor the societal changes and keep people updated at all times. This means that information and new research need to be accessible across networks and languages.
Micro-researchers like policy makers, urban planners, sociologists, advertisers, architects or students need context for their work and they need data that is accessible and at hand. Data Crowder can offer them exactly that.
Through Data Crowder we will promote the concept of “engaged citizenship” where individuals assume their role and responsibility in the community, the importance of speaking their minds and having opinions about things that concern them.
Data Crowder is an online project, thus easily replicable and adaptable.
Data Crowder is a long term project that aims at incrementally growing its local communities, empowering them towards developing new ideas and exploring innovative solutions for their challenges. In one year’s time, the project will have had built a stable community of users, national and transnational projects and will have had created its development strategy to include more European countries.
Just to give you an idea: Daniel, an urban planner working for a community NGO in Berlin, in 2016:”We finally have a comprehensive set of information about our neighborhood, in key areas of development and quality of life. All of it being statistically representative and with a limited budget! We now have enough data to understand the real issues of this community and better target our efforts.
Firstly, the project will focus on the online and mobile surveying tool, as well as its data visualization functionalities - creating the online infrastructure - by august 2015.
Secondly, the project will start the community building process. This entails creating a local, geographic-specific network of organizational support and social capital creation - local chapters - by November 2015.
Lastly, the two online and offline elements of the project come together during the local planned events and engaging activities: hackathon-like events, city indicators mapping, informal meetups etc. The first planned event is the Berlin 2016 Annual Open Census, which will be held in February 2016.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
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