Tracking Global Sustainability with Open Data and Crowdsourcing

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

March 7, 2016

Course ends on

July 11, 2016

Application Deadline

May 12, 2016

Passionate about tracking global sustainability with Open Data and Crowdsourcing?

  • The Open Seventeen Challenge is an invitation to pitch projects that use open data and crowdsourcing to tackle the 17 global goals at a local, regional or global level.
  • What can you do with open data to help verify Global Goals? Look at the projects that citizens have created based on sets of public data in any format.
  • Once you have found a set of pertinent open data, you can propose a clear, realistic goal for how to apply crowdsourcing to the data.
  • Pitch your project with a description of how it will impact the SDGs.

Course Description

The last Open Seventeen call has generated 7 high-quality project ideas in areas as diverse as sexual harassment reduction in India and mapping educational and health resources in Tanzania. With our coaching program, we will offer them support and guidance on how to refine the project concept and set up a prototype on an open source crowdsourcing platform.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every other week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Online sessions will be held every other Thursday from 8 - 10am EST.

Course Duration: 10 weeks

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Faculty Members

Francois Grey

Coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre

Francois Grey is a physicist by training, with a background in nanotechnology and a passion for citizen science. Since September 2014, he is Invited Professor at the University of Geneva and Manager of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre, a partnership between CERN, the United Nations Institute of Training and Research and the University of Geneva.
The CCC develops technologies that lower the barrier to entry for online participatory science and promotes the use of these technologies in developing regions through face-to-face meetups between scientists, developers and citizens. The CCC has helped to launch citizen science projects such as CERN’s Test4Theory, which is part of the LHC@home volunteer computing initiative, and open source platforms for citizen science like, for volunteer thinking. Events launched by the CCC include the Africa@Home, Asia@home and Brasil@home workshops series, the CERN Webfest and the biannual Citizen Cyberscience Summit.
From 2013-2014 Francois was Head of Citizen Science at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, where he launched the Science and the City hackathons in collaboration with ITP, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and Science Hack Day NYC in collaboration with the World Science Festival.
Francois was based in Beijing from 2008-2013, where he helped establish the Open Wisdom Lab at Tsinghua University, China’s MIT, to promote concepts of open and participatory science. He also helped establish Tsinghua’s Lifelong Learning Lab, which extends concepts of participatory science to children of all ages. He has also been a visiting Senior International Expert with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he initiated online citizen science in China through a project called CAS@home. Francois received a prestigious Fellowship from the South-Africa-based Shuttleworth Foundation in 2010-11, for his efforts to promote citizen science in the developing world.

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