Making Data Matter (2013-2014)

This project team focused on designing new tools and methods for social engagement and using primary sources and big data to inform ethical urban planning.

Team members engaged with data, stories and maps from the period of urban renewal in Asheville, North Carolina, specially focusing on the historically African-American community of Southside. Using primary sources and recontextualizing early uses of "big data," the team created collaborative interfaces, informed ethical urban planning, developed tools and methods for social engagement and remapped concepts of resistance in a community that was relocated.



Team Outcomes

Making Data Matter (video)

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Cathy Davidson, Arts & Sciences-English*
Molly Tamarkin, Duke Libraries*

Graduate Team Members

Jonna McKone, MFA/Experimental and Doc Arts

Undergraduate Team Members

Rachel Anderson, Psychology (BS)

Community Team Members

Richard Marciano, UNC-Chapel Hill
Priscilla Ndiaye, Southside Asheville Community Advisory Board

* denotes team leader


Completed, Archived