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to citizen sensing

making links, making tools, making change

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Sensors that collect data are increasingly embedded into our lives – in our mobile phones, streets and buildings, cars and powerlines, even in our kettles and clothes. Too often in this swelling flow of connectivity and information people and places are treated as passive sources of data. What information is being collected? By whom and for what purpose?

Citizen Sensing is about empowering people and places to understand and use smart tech and data from sensors to tackle the issues they care about, connect with other people who can help, and take positive, practical action.

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Bristol has a long history of creativity and civic action. Find out how you can do citizen sensing ‘the Bristol way: Our tools and resources are designed to help groups work together to identify and tackle the most pressing issues in our cities – from poor air quality to food waste.

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Looking for some examples of citizen sensing projects and people who have made data from sensors technologies work for them?

Find out more about projects that have used The Bristol Approach and the difference they’ve made.

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Do you want to see a change in your city or neighbourhood? Keen to explore the world of sensing, technology and data? Interested in working with others to create positive change?

The Bristol Approach could help you.

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