Citizen Science and Community Data

January 31, 2023

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET



Moderator Emma Slayton, the Libraries’ Data Curation, Visualization, and GIS Specialist, will explore the exciting work of three CMU leaders as they share their passion for community-focused projects, innovative approaches to engaging communities in collecting and utilizing their own data, and ideas on how those in academia can support community-led advocacy.

Each panelist brings their own unique experience using community data throughout every step of a project, from working with community partners to collect data, to using open science to bridge the gap between academic institutions and community organizations, to understanding how to tell a story with data to further positive social change. We hope you leave the discussion excited about the impact of citizen science and community data, and with innovative new tools to help you engage your own communities in future work.

For more information, see the news story on the Libraries website.


Mickey McGlasson, a community data scientist at CMU’s Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab, will share his experience working directly with community partners to collect data for a variety of initiatives. He works in partnership with people and organizations across the Pittsburgh region to collect, analyze, and visualize data relating to air quality, affordable housing, and more.

From the University Libraries, Director of the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) Sayeed Choudhury brings his expertise using open science to bridge the gap between academic institutions and community organizations. In his previous role at Johns Hopkins University, he worked with the St. Francis Neighborhood Center to promote more transparent data sharing between local communities and the university, and raise awareness about local health care.

Alex Hiniker, director of sustainability initiatives at Carnegie Mellon, will share how she has guided communities from 18 different countries across the globe to understand how their data can be used to combat societal problems. She’ll explore how she now works with the CMU community to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into the university's education, research, and practices.

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