Open Knowledge is currently working with The Datashift on some research looking at how data from citizens/civil society groups can be used as an advocacy tool to change what public institutions measure.
This follows on from the discussion paper we published earlier this year on Democratising the Data Revolution.
We’d like to highlight some of the best examples of how data generated by citizens and civil society organisations can be used to change data measured by public institutions – as well as what kinds of strategies, technologies, methods and practises were used in these projects.
The Migrant Files from J++ and The Counted by The Guardian both illustrate how data collection can be used to highlight gaps in official forms of measurement and to illustrate how institutions can measure things differently.
We’re also looking into citizen data, crowdsourcing, drone journalism, data journalism, data activism, civic tech and other kinds of data projects that might be used to intervene in official data collection practices.
If anyone knows of any examples that might be relevant - we’d love to hear about them (either in this thread or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
All the best,