How Community Geography Improves Open Data Usage

Authors: William Ford*, Syracuse University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Social Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Open Data
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Open Data is widely considered to be free and accessible to the public, but in reality it has only been distributed in major cities for the last five to ten years. Governments at different scales who make their data publicly available can facilitate transparency and promote public participation. Unfortunately, the lack of education on ‘open data’ and restricted access to the internet keeps certain demographics from being able to benefit from and use open data. Currently, Syracuse Community Geography stores its open data on the community geography website. This website provides community members with accurate data that is critical to making decisions like opening new businesses and relocating households. Increased community participation in these programs lead to higher rates of data literacy and higher rates of community involvement. The question I will be exploring in my poster is if incorporating a new open data site through ESRI will facilitate more data usage from the community. This will be evaluated through discourse with the Syracuse Community . In a dynamic city like Syracuse, Open Data is a vital tool for the public to use and understand, but the limitations surrounding it prevent a majority of the population from utilizing it.

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