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A page and a subsection of CASwiki place, topic and resource articles to build and share transparency, data, data awareness and data literacy for all, but especially ordinary citizens and community groups.

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Networks[edit | edit source]

School of Data Summer Camp
Authors: Sam Muirhead, Sep 6, 2014
  • School of Data, global network committed to advancing data literacy in civil society. Information that directly impact people’s lives is increasingly accessible but civil society is falling behind in making effective use of it. Through our global network of data literacy practitioners and trainers, School of Data seeks to address this data skills gaps in order to amplify the messages of civil society through the use of data. We level the playing field by ensuring that civil society organisations and newsrooms have the knowledge, resources and tools they need to participate fully in the information age. link checked 16:25, 23 October 2022 (UTC)
  • Data for Democracy - see separate article
  • Open Knowledge, worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. W

Public Lab. The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community -- supported by a 501(c)3 non-profit -- which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

The core Public Lab program is focused on "civic science" in which we research open source hardware and software tools and methods to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health. Our goal is to increase the ability of underserved communities to identify, redress, remediate, and create awareness and accountability around environmental concerns. Public Lab achieves this by providing online and offline training, education and support, and by focusing on locally-relevant outcomes that emphasize human capacity and understanding.[1]

social media

#statsforall on twitter

Visions[edit | edit source]

Frictionless Open Data

Books[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

  • SDG tracker,, Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. click on the goal icons to see data. Creative commons license and partner project of Our World in Data. added 16:22, 9 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Our World in Data, "License: All the material produced by Our World in Data, including interactive visualizations and code, are completely open access under the Creative Commons BY license." added 09:33, 9 October 2021 (UTC)

Google Earth Engine

Earth Overshoot Day

How's Life? 2015, Measuring Well-being

Worldometers, real time world statistics

Infographics[edit | edit source]

Inspiring quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Finding and extinguishing the sparks of

stigma, xenophobia, hunger and poverty cannot be achieved through the collection of epidemiological data at all. Rather this requires social data, collected and reported by professors of the street, based on real-world experience." Presentation on Cape Town CANs, Cape Town Together[2]

  • "But I have realized that over time with our food delivery program the CAN team

has definitely learned a huge amount of information, a lot of it not yet written down, about where the most vulnerable families are, where the church networks or neighbourhood groups are already stepping in and where the gaps are. Our main thing has been that most of this information is just in our heads. But if we sat down as a group we could probably generate a huge amount of social data of this kind for our specific area- definitely something to do in the CAN when we have a bit of time!"

  • Manya Kenilworth CAN, Presentation on Cape Town CANs, Cape Town Together[3]
  • "... we stand on the threshold of a world in which the ordinary citizen has recourse to data-gathering, -processing and -visualization tools at least as good as, and often considerably superior to, those which local governmental institutions can bring to bear on a problem." Adam Greenfield.

Video for community action[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • The Good Country Index measures how much each of the 163 countries on the list contribute to the planet, and to the human race, through their policies and behaviors. W added 15:46, 25 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Flightradar24, global real-time flight tracking service

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • Forests in the tropics are critical for tackling climate change – yet the people showing how are being exploited, The Conversation (Apr 28, 2022) — Fair deal for field workers needed
  • If you want your place to practice doughnut economics, you can now apply "the four lenses" to any situation, The Daily Alternative (Apr 22, 2022)
  • 10 years of School of Data, (Feb 08, 2022)


"We're two opposed tribes, globalists and localists? That's the most dangerous idea in the world." Simon Anholt on the Good Country Index [4] Nov 20

The rise of citizen science: can the public help solve our biggest problems? [5] Nov 16

Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects. [6] Feb 12 ...Europe news


A look at Rotterdam’s policy for open land data, Nov 20 [7] ...Netherlands

If you’re just crunching stats on how social systems work, you’ll miss the nuances. You need “warm data”, Nov 18 [8]

“People Create Place: Doteveryone’s response to the Smarter London Listening Exercise”, Mar 29, by @rachelcoldicutt [9]


The most innovative ideas in data are going to come from communities, Dec 5 [10]


“Santa Monica releases second round of Wellbeing Index findings”, Sep 14 [11] ...California news

New open-source software supports land-cover monitoring, Jul 3 [12]

Sharing Cities: Using Urban Data to Reclaim Public Space as a Commons, Jun 5 [13]

Detroit Imagines a Citizen-Led Smart City, May 31 [14]

The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development, Apr 17 [15]


New digital tool can help fight overfishing around the world, Sep 15 [16]


Big Data’s Empowerment Problem, September 29 [17]

The world is getting better all the time, in 11 maps and charts, July 13 [18]


Online Discussion Making data more accessible for society at large, 24 June [19]

Hackers hold the European parliament to account, January 14 [20]


Five ways the world is doing better than you think, Hans Rosling Professor of Global Health, Karolinska Institutet, November 6 [21]

The quiet data revolution starts here….hopefully! September 9 [22]

You Can’t Just Hack Your Way to Social Change, March 7 [23]


Big Data Capabilities and Citizen Glitching, by Dan McQuillan, November 15 [24]

Events[edit | edit source]

Citizen science[edit | edit source]

Citizen science (similar to community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, participatory monitoring, or volunteer monitoring) is scientific research conducted with participation from the public (who are sometimes referred to as amateur/nonprofessional scientists). There are variations in the exact definition of citizen science, with different individuals and organizations having their own specific interpretations of what citizen science encompasses. Citizen science is used in a wide range of areas of study, with most citizen science research publications being in the fields of biology and conservation. There are different applications and functions of citizen science in research projects. Citizen science can be used as a methodology where public volunteers help in collecting and classifying data, improving the scientific community's capacity. Citizen science can also involve more direct involvement from the public, with communities initiating projects researching environment and health hazards in their own communities. Participation in citizen science projects also educates the public about the scientific process and increases awareness about different topics. Some schools have students participate in citizen science projects for this purpose as a part of the teaching curriculums.

The first use of the term "citizen science" can be found in a January 1989 issue of MIT Technology Review, which featured three community-based labs studying environmental issues. In the 21st century, the number of citizen science projects, publications, and funding opportunities has increased. Citizen science has been used more over time, a trend helped by technological advancements. Digital citizen science platforms, such as Zooniverse, store large amounts of data for many projects and are a place where volunteers can learn how to contribute to projects. For some projects, participants are instructed to collect and enter data, such as what species they observed, into large digital global databases. For other projects, participants help classify data on digital platforms. Citizen science data is also being used to develop machine learning algorithms. An example is using volunteer-classified images to train machine learning algorithms to identify species. While global participation and global databases are found on online platforms, not all locations always have the same amount of data from contributors. Concerns over potential data quality issues, such as measurement errors and biases, in citizen science projects are recognized in the scientific community and there are statistical solutions and best practices available which can help.

See also[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

  • Land Matrix, global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. see also Land grabbing W
  • Landportal, information and knowledge sharing about land issues

References[edit | edit source]

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