OpenDataSoft publishes the students' capstone
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The Start up OpenDataSoft had just published the study realized by 4 students of the Master in Governing the Large Metropolis in the context of their capstone: "The Movilidata Project : Open Data for Better Mobility in Bogota".
The project of Anouk Aflalo Doré, Luis José Guerra, Laura Meynier and Sam Whittlesey hoped to highlight the tremendous power of open data to provide new insights into mobility issues by researching the case study of Bogotá.
"In recent decades the city earned a global reputation for its innovative transportation policies. However, like any fast growing metropolis, Bogotá also faces numerous mobility related challenges. Our project sought to address these within the context of the new opportunities offered by Bogotá’s rapid transformation towards digital governance.
After conducting interviews with a variety of local actors, and exploring the relevant academic and press literature regarding Bogota’s transportation we identified four challenges to investigate. We then gathered data to reveal the extent, the causes, the consequences and the potential solutions to each issue. Although Colombian legislation pertaining to Open Data is very ambitious, we faced difficulties linked to the fragmented nature of data governance. In the end, international, local, non-governmental sources helped to build a solid data library of 63 relevant data sets.
Our data analysis resulted in a large variety of graphs: comparisons across time or countries, cross references of different data sets, maps with geolocated super-imposed data sets… The dashboard we created online presents all those graphs in a user-friendly way while our white paper goes deeper into explaining each topic analysis in their policy context."
What is a capstone?
Called also group project or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees Regional and Urban Strategy, Governing the Large Metropolis and the Urban Planning Programme, puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.).
During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.