Measure it, Improve it: Data for Better Cities

A session at SXSW Eco 2012

Friday 5th October, 2012

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

Lord Kelvin famously said, "If you can not measure it, you can not improve it." He was talking about physics, but the same applies to cities. Recent years have seen a proliferation of available data about cities - from real-time transit locations to trees, impervious surface to bikeshare locations. And where data doesn't yet exist, crowd sourcing and mobile phone sensors provide new opportunities for data collection. This panel will discuss different examples of how data is being collected, analyzed, and visualized for planning and designing more sustainable cities. You’ll hear from a software developer, planner and researcher, all working on data collection and analysis tools to create better places to live and work.

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Aaron Ogle

Director of Civic Technology in Philadelphia, JavaScript, GIS guy. Urbanist. @OpenPlans, @CodeforAmerica alum. Tweets mine. bio from Twitter

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Jason Lally

City planning and technology nerd and Director of the Decision Lab at PlaceMattters in Denver, CO bio from Twitter

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Rob Goodspeed

PhD student researching GIS tools for participatory land use planning, open data, crowdsourcing, and methods and theories for social technology research. bio from Twitter

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Fri 5th October 2012

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