Open Knowledge International in partnership with King’s College London and the Public Data Lab are working together to develop a vocabulary for governments to navigate the landscape of citizen-generated data.
The research seeks to develop a working vocabulary of different citizen-generated data methodologies. This vocabulary shall highlight clear distinction criteria between different methods, but also point out different ways of thinking about citizen-generated data. We hope that such a vocabulary can help governments and international organisations attend to the benefits and pitfalls of citizen-generated data in a more nuanced way and will help them engage with citizen-generated data more strategically.
In the spirit of collective inquiry, the project aims to surface different perspectives and encourage public debate around citizen-generated data and the roles that it could play in relation to the UN SDGs by:
Mapping existing literature, online content and examples of projects, practices, methods and devices associated with the term “citizen generated data”;
Using this mapping to solicit for input and ideas on other kinds of citizen-generated data initiatives as well as other relevant literatures and practices from researchers, practitioners and others;
Gathering suggestions from literature, researchers and practitioners about which aspects of citizen-generated data to attend to, and why;
Undertaking fresh empirical research around a selection of citizen-generated data projects in order to explore these different perspectives.
If you’re interested in following or contributing to the project, you can do so here.