Making Data Matter and Bass Connections

Making Data Matter was part of Bass Connections, a program from Duke that links students and faculty to problem-focused educational pathways through interdisciplinary project teams and courses. The course takes data, stories and maps from the period of urban renewal in Asheville, North Carolina, specifically focusing on the historical African-American community of Southside. Using primary sources and re-contextualizing early uses of "big data" students created collaborative interfaces, informed ethical urban planning, developed tools and methods for social engagement and remapped concepts of resistance in a community that's many stories have gone undocumented. 

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