Poster: Civic Engagement: Big Data Governance

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential of big data in local governance to engage community members and elected officials in civic engagement. In Birmingham, AL the Office of Civic Engagement in Birmingham City Hall is utilizing data to improve neighborhood revitalization efforts in many of its low-income communities. These efforts encompass community beautification and urban agriculture service projects. To further sustain these projects in Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods data is a significant component in formulating strategies to continue each project. Strategies include how to acquire more funding, tools, and resources to progress project goals. Furthermore, community members and local officials will be able to share the same information and work collectively.

Two questions that many residents have are brought to stakeholder’s attention at community meetings. What is data? How can it be used? This leads to the emphasis of educating residents and elected officials about its value. Also, to discuss its significance in that community’s particular project.


Tyler Pearson , Huntsville , AL (see bio)