Short Paper/Note

Toward Identifying Values and Tensions in Designing a Historically-Sensitive Data Platform: A Case of the Urban Renewal Project

Urban renewal was a national initiative from 1950s through 70s aimed at improving so-called “blighted” areas, and resulted in the displacement of many vibrant communities. While the underlying mechanisms of urban renewal have been examined, there have been very few data-driven, evidence-based studies that take into account the histories and interests of former residents. The “Human Face of Big Data” project started as a digital curation effort to design and develop a web-based, big data platform that provides insights and analytics into the mechanisms of this process.