The Urban Commons: How Data and Technology Can Rebuild Our Communities

The Urban Commons: How Data and Technology Can Rebuild Our Communities

by Daniel T. O'Brien

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975293
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 12/10/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,286,587
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Daniel T. O’Brien is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University and Co-Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, based at Northeastern and Harvard universities.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Field of Urban Informatics

1 A Data-Driven Approach to Urban Science and Policy 25

2 "Seeing" the City through "Big Data" 56

Part II Maintenance of the Urban Commons

3 Caring for One's Territory 93

4 Division of Labor in the Commons 121

Part III Government in the Age of Civic Tech

5 Partnering with the Public 153

6 Experiments in Coproduction 176

Part IV Digital Divides in Urban Informatics

7 Extending 311 across Massachusetts 203

8 Whither the Community? 230

Conclusion: The Future of the Urban Commons 250

Appendix A Neighborhood Audits 271

Appendix B Reliability Estimates for 311-Based Indicators 277

Appendix C Models Using Survey Variables to Predict Custodianship 281

Appendix D Models Testing Division of Labor 289

Appendix E Models Testing Transparency Messages in BOS:311 295

Appendix F Models for Evaluation of Commonwealth Connect 297

Notes 303

Acknowledgments 341

Index 345

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