Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Real Time Rome

Here's a great post over at O'Reilly Radar on using cell phones to track real-time traffic movement in Rome.

More and more opportunities to use non-traditional data sources to map and analyze information are coming. I share this one because of one of the comments.

In the article, Brady Forrest asks, "Would you put up with your location being (formally) tracked in exchange for this service?"

A respondent replies, "Wrong question. The correct question is: 'How can we anonomyse the data so that we can obtain the advantages of this service without compromising privacy?'"

Are we ready to assume (with this respondent) that all that can be used for data, will be used for data, and put our efforts into assuring sufficient anonymity/privacy protection for all?


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