Development of a community planning support system based on open data: Neighborhood quality of life and health in City of Atlanta

Ge Zhang, Wenwen Zhang, Subhrajit Guhathakurta, Nisha Botchwey

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Abstract

Open data has come of age with many cities, states, and other jurisdictions joining the open data movement by offering all relevant information about their communities for free and easy access to the public. Yet, despite the growing volume of open data, their use has been limited in planning scholarship and practice. The bottleneck is often the format in which the data are available and the organization of such data, which may be difficult to incorporate in existing analytical tools. The overall goal of this research is to develop an open data-based community planning support system that can collect related open data, analyze the data for specific objectives, and visualize the results to improve usability. To accomplish this goal, this study undertakes three research tasks. First, it describes the current state of open data analysis efforts in the community planning field. Second, it examines the challenges analysts experience when using open data in planning analysis. Third, it develops a new tool for examining neighborhood quality of life and health for the City of Atlanta as a prototype, which addresses many of these open data challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCUPUM 2015 - 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
PublisherCUPUM
ISBN (Electronic)9780692474341
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2015 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2015Jul 10 2015

Publication series

NameCUPUM 2015 - 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge
Period7/7/157/10/15

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