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Data Collection

February 19, 2020, 5am PST
Using a wagon filled with phones, an artist in Berlin demonstrated the disconnect between data and the real world.
Vice
Blog post
January 28, 2020, 5am PST
Urban analytics has the potential to benefit both planners and the world. Here' are a few ways that new data-based approaches can open new levels of analysis and understanding.
Kayla Matthews
Blog post
December 30, 2019, 5am PST
A few examples from around the world illustrate the power of crowdsourcing to expand the scope of scientific inquiry.
Kayla Matthews
December 28, 2019, 9am PST
Thousands of streetlight sensors are collecting a trove of data—from traffic counts to humidity levels—and advocacy groups say the city needs to be more transparent about how the data is being used and who has access to it.
Smart Cities Dive
November 22, 2019, 12pm PST
Technology is infiltrating every aspect of our lives, but, according to this article, we shouldn't underestimate the nefarious role it plays in urban spaces.
Real Life
October 18, 2018, 11am PDT
Technology will be part of everyday life in a new Toronto neighborhood, planned by Sidewalk Labs. But looking to the future is also raising a host of privacy concerns.
The Star
September 26, 2018, 6am PDT
A new startup wants to use blockchain and the Uber model to create free, open-source maps.
CityLab
February 5, 2018, 10am PST
USDOT hopes to put decades of data collection to new use preventing fatal collisions by predicting when they might occur.
Eno Transportation Weekly
January 4, 2017, 9am PST
A smart city pilot project, already in place at three locations in Chicago and on the way to two more, deploys sophisticated data gathering technology to measure the simple act of rainwater running downhill. Better green infrastructure will follow.
Data-Smart City Solutions
December 18, 2016, 9am PST
The city of Philadelphia has deployed high-tech sensors and a new statistical model in its ongoing fight against the blight and health problems that follow vacant and abandoned properties.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 2015, 10am PDT
Advocates say traffic safety data collection practices in Washington, D.C. don't meet national standards. They also say it will be hard for the District to meet its vision zero goal by 2024 if the problem persists.
WAMU
May 17, 2015, 11am PDT
It might take a law degree to separate fact and fiction about the law, but Wyoming has gone to new lengths to limit the access of researchers, including Jane and John Q Public, to data found in open spaces.
Slate
March 30, 2015, 6am PDT
Scott Rawlins argues that public-private partnerships could help transportation departments turn assets into income streams. Underutilized land and data are two areas of interest.
Governing
November 9, 2012, 5am PST
What do recent national politics have to do with transportation planning? For Sarah Goodyear, the connection is clear: it's about having access to good data for solving real-world problems.
The Atlantic Cities
December 22, 2010, 6am PST
The U.S. Postal Service operates a massive fleet of trucks and vans throughout the country. Michael Ravnitzky argues that this fleet could be easily modified to collect data about the places the vehicles go.
The New York Times