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)

Team Leaders

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

/graduate Team Members

  • Jonna McKone, MFA/Experimental and Doc Arts

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Rachel Anderson, Economics (BS), Computer Science (AB2)

/zcommunity Team Members

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