The evidence bases of the social, behavioral and health sciences are shifting towards crowd-sourced information. While some of this information is explicitly elicited for research, much of it is produced by common sensors such as those found in mobile phones, derived from organic interactions with services such as google searches, or contributed by individuals as annotation and commentary. At the same time, changes in communication technology have created new opportunities for the collaborative production of knowledge and innovation.
Currently, the program is leading the Public Mapping Project, in collaboration with George Mason University to develop tools and methods for crowd-sourced electoral mapping, and the elicitation of geospatial knowledge and attitudes.
As part of this project we have developed DistrictBuilder to increase participation and transparency in the electoral process.