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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.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

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)
  • School of Data, works to empower civil society organizations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively in their efforts to create more equitable and effective societies.

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)


"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 (CS; also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, or volunteer monitoring) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. Citizen science is sometimes described as "public participation in scientific research", participatory monitoring, and participatory action research whose outcomes are often advancements in scientific research by improving the scientific community's capacity, as well as increasing the public's understanding of science.

Before the emergence of the professional 'scientist' in the nineteenth century, much science can be considered 'Citizen Science'. That is to say, many important scientific contributions were made by amateurs who neither received formal training nor had formal roles within the establishment. The discovery of Uranus by William Herschel in 1781 may be considered one such example, and the history of science contains many examples of amateur societies. However, with the professionalisation of the field, and the rise of big science in the twentieth century, casual participation became less common or feasible, until advances in information & communication technology again enabled meaningful contributions.

First uses of the term CS can be found in the magazine New Scientist and in campaigns to raise awareness of acid rain. The advancement of information technology has had practical benefits for people, such as the Sapelli app that has helped track illegal forestry. Large photographic databases can be examined by groups of participants providing scientifically credible results, as seen with CS project Snapshot Serengetti. As CS grows, subjects such as ethics and economic worth become formally studied while a scientific journal hopes to enhance quality and impact through its articles. The impact of CS internationally can be seen in a series of programs shown by American Public Television and available online. Theorists that have examined CS include The American Philosophical Society, Isabelle Stengers and Paul Feyerabend.

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many location pages

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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