History of the CWK Data Dashboard

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In 2011, the data dashboard began with a static map of assets in Westside neighborhoods created through a city planning studio project at Georgia Tech lead by Professor Harley Etienne (Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the College of Design) and the vision of Dean Jacqueline Jones Royster (Ivan Allen College) to create a more robust, dynamic, and useable tool. 

The first virtual tool was created in Fall 2013 by a group of graduate students in Professor John Stasko’s (College of Computing) Data Visualization class who took on the dashboard as a class project and mapped transit and walkability in the city.  Their platform also provided a heat map of census data that has since been transformed into the big data tool that is so vital to the functioning of the dashboard. 

Beginning in Spring 2014, several graduate research assistants from the Ivan Allen College continued to work on the dashboard in varying capacities in its ongoing development and refinement.

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In Summer 2014, Katie O’Connell (GT-MS in City and Regional Planning) was hired as the Project Manager for developing the dashboard.  Under her guidance and leadership, we were able to research similar platforms across the country; begin collecting relevant data for the City of Atlanta; assess existing data resources, such as Atlanta Regional Commission’s Neighborhood Nexus, U.S. EPA’s Enviromapper, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey; engage several focus groups of Westside residents and stakeholders in designing, developing, and reviewing the usability of various data portals. 

In addition, staff associated with the project participated in and made presentations on the dashboard at various conferences and symposia, including:  The Center for Community Progress’ Vacant Properties Conference in 2015, Atlanta Studies Symposium, a TEDx Talk, and the Georgia Tech Center for Urban Innovation.  In the Spring of 2016, we officially launched the prototype as a useable tool. 

Now under the label of the CWK Data Dashboard, the dashboard continues to evolve.  Since 2011, with funding from the Ford Foundation, by collaborations with units at Georgia Tech (Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the College of Design, the Center for Geographic Information Systems) and with the advice and counsel of community partners in Westside neighborhoods, we have continued to make progress.

Photo courtesy of CWK Data Dashboard.

Photo courtesy of CWK Data Dashboard.

Photo courtesy of CWK Data Dashboard.

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