Sharing Community Data: Platform Collectivism for Managing Water Quality

  • John M. Carroll
  • Jordan Beck
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 95)


We are investigating community data, which is data gathered, analyzed, interpreted, and used by members of a local community. We discuss the ways that developing data literacy could result in more substantive civic participation and decision-making. Community members are already engaged in community data practices. Our goal is to help make these data more visible and accessible throughout the community and to engage the community at large in deliberation and planning with respect to its data. We report high-level outcomes of a community data hackathon that we facilitated along with a group of local water quality stakeholders. In order to design and develop an open community data platform and to build social infrastructure to sustain a long-term community data project, we plan to organize a series of these community-wide hackathon events.


Community data Data literacy Hackathons Platform collectivism 



This work is supported by a Faculty Fellowship from Student Engagement Network of Pennsylvania State University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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