Datavores Indonesia by Pulse Lab Jakarta - April 2018


From the Lab

 Rahmi, a Bandung resident, describing how she navigates through the city traffic in her daily commute


How We Define Impact for Our Data Innovation Lab 

One question that keeps us on our toes is: How do we measure the impact of what we do at our Lab? We've debated long and hard about what accounts for impact, and in doing so have encountered several challenges, leading us to the definition of three types of impact unique to us.


What is a Smart City Solution Without a Citizen Perspective?

Despite the flurry of chatter about smart city tech, what exactly constitutes a smart city often differ between city officials and citizens. Against the backdrop of repeated flooding in Bandung, we learned that no matter how grand an idea may be, citizens have to be at the heart of each design. 


Rethinking How Pedestrians Move About in Megacities

While the Jakarta City Government has revitalised several walkways, in some places proper ones are still missing. Focused on improving Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta, designers took on the challenge during an urban design workshop, revealing the importance of the user experience.


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What we're reading



Enough Innovation Already

Innovating in the public sector is not only about coming up with an endless amount of new solutions.  With many high-impact ideas already out there, strategic replication of some of these high-fidelity prototypes may be an effective way for innovators to have a greater collective impact.


Algorithmic Accountability: A Primer

It's no secret that algorithms these days are being built to help make major decisions, yet they may introduce biases that could lead to issues, such as social inequality. Man-made but far from human, the human element is still needed to nudge softwares when they're on the wrong path.


Data Mining Confirms that Culture Makes Cities Richer

Mining geo-tagged photos shared on Flickr for the cities of London and New York between 2010 and 2015, researchers have found a way to rank and compare changes in cultural activity over time in these places, as well as assess how these activities help to stimulate urban development. 


Public Sector Data Analytics Four Steps

The volume of data has been multiplying in recent years, and big data like never before, will continue to increase with new and emerging technologies. But is this a hurdle or an opportunity, or both? NESTA outlines four steps that city/local governments can take to better harness this data.


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