The Community Data Lab introduces students to issues related to uses of data in, for, by and against local communities. Through discussions, lectures, and a series of activities, students in this project-based course consider the following questions (among others), in relation to a community of their choice:
- What data is relevant to this community? How is it used? By whom/what? Who makes these choices?
- How is data about this community collected/controlled?
- What tools are used to collect, store, organize, and use this data?
- What data is collected about this community?
Students are introduced to issues of consent and refusal, examples of data use in healthcare, social media, planning, and policy making, and tools used for decision-making and data visualization. They build their study for the semester around a chosen community, and create final projects related to data use, data defense, or translation in communities.
The below exhibition of student work from the Fall 2020 community lab covers a range of issues of importance to North Carolina communities.