Data can be used as a tool for positive social, environmental and political change and transformation. The emergence of data-driven collaborative platforms has facilitated the sharing of knowledge, making new forms of scientific research and design possible. It has also raised awareness of controversial issues and events in more impactful and immediate ways. In this movement to give more power to the citizen, thousands of governments and companies worldwide have responded by opening up data sets and improving their levels of transparency.
Citizens today have a fundamental role in determining what kind of data society we will live in. We can resign ourselves to being passive consumers and merchandise, or we can take control of the information we produce and use it as a force for good.
Prototypes, applications, websites, and artworks that harness open-source data are on display in this chapter. Each work highlights how data, when put into the hands of the public, can enable citizens to make informed decisions in their daily lives.
FabLab BCN, Smart Citizen Kit. Image Credit : FABLABBCN - INSTITUT D’ ARQUITECTURA AVANÇADA DE CATALUNYA