WikiProject Canada/Crowdsourcing Buildings
Pilot project with Statistics Canada on crowdsourcing buildings
Project web page: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/crowdsourcing
This crowdsourcing pilot project will focus on mapping buildings across Canada. If you live in Ottawa or Gatineau, you can be among the first to collaborate with us. If you live elsewhere, stay in touch! Your town or city could be next. We are very excited to work with communities across the country on this project. As a project contributor, you can help create a free and open source of information on commercial, industrial, government and other buildings in Canada. We need your support to close this important data gap! Your work will improve your community's knowledge of its buildings, and in turn inform policies and programs designed to help you.
There are currently no accurate national-level statistics on buildings— and their attributes—that can be used to compare specific local areas. The information you submit will help to fill existing data gaps and provide new analytical opportunities that are important to data users. This project will also teach us about the possibilities and limitations of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing data collection may become a way for Statistics Canada and other organizations around the world to collect much-needed information by reaching out to citizens.
Links to the project resources
The project in the media and research documents
Article in the Ottawa Citizen (Nov 14, 2016): How you can help StatCan test crowdsourcing in mapping Ottawa's buildings
Documentary, REPORT RAI3, (May 15, 2017) REPORT, La Grande Scommessa (in Italian, full English transcript of documentary available in PDF on the same web page, StatCan project at about min 30 of the documentary)
Working paper ARITHMUS (July 6, 2017): Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop