The Data Action project will develop and prototype examples of how data visualization can be used to influence debates on civic issues and ultimately affect policy. The unprecedented growth of data has generated excitement in popular media and press for its ability using it to reshape the dynamics of everyday life. However, big data does not act on its own and will not change the world unless it is collated and synthesized into tools that people can acquire and use. The Data Action project will develop data visualizations on current events to provide examples for how anyone can use data to to expose hidden patterns and ideologies to audiences inside and outside the policy arena to encourage civic change.
Wenfei is currently a masters student in architecture and urban planning at MIT. She is interested in the intersection of urban spatial analysis and data visualization.
GIS and Visualization Specialist
Mike is a GIS/Data Visualization Specialist with DUSP, focusing on high level data visualization, spatial analysis, and cartographic techniques.
Director - Civic Data Design Lab
Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning.
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