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Data Bank for Urban Slums

Making realtime data on slums available to researchers, designers, thinkers, planners, that they might evolve effective solutions for slums.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Quality, real-time data is so hard to get for most designers and if there was someone out there who would go collect the data the designers need a great service would be done to them. We would to set up teams-of-2 (a cameraman and a data collector) all around the world where slums are, we would have a website where all the data collected would be uploaded and from where researchers, designers, thinkers, planners, strategists, managers could download the data they want. We would not only have data readily available for free, but also make available services like conducting focus group meetings in which clients requiring the service could participate live online. We would even go live online during data collection assignments and connect clients directly to the people they wish to interview. This service could be charged for to offset costs and make the venture viable in the long run.

WHO BENEFITS?

Slum dwellers and researchers, designers, thinkers, planners and others who are working on solutions to the dilemma faced by slum dewllers and those working to improve their living conditions and livelihoods.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Real-time data on urban slums would enable people to work out effective measures to counter the effects of climate change.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I, Arif N. Khan, work with the Good Samaritan Trust, an NGO based in India. I have been getting surveys done and data collected for the social interventions being carried out by the NGO. I have experience in marketing and in the deployment of hardware and networks and in training professionals.
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steven diebold

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"Steven Diebold's idea inspired me to think of this proposition. I am hoping he will agree to join me if I get to do this."

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John Mathew

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"Founder and Managing Trustee of Good Samaritan Trust. Has been working in the slums for over 14 years."

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Premjith Pappachan

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"Program Manager with Good Samaritan Trust."

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Woroud La

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"An architect. Meticulousness and attention to detail are her strengths."

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ROWENA LUßO

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"GIS Expert."

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Arnold Rivera

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"Architect, alumni of Harvard DGS, and keenly interested in working out solutions to problems being faced by people living in slums."

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Sarah Kent

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"Designer."

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Hi Arif, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Thank you, OpenIDEO, for giving me this opportunity to edit my contribution. I was under the impression that we would not be allowed to edit after the closing date of the challenge.

I had been inspired by another contribution here and with barely 20 minutes left before the deadline I had frenziedly keyed in my idea as it was evolving in my mind at that time. There had been not enough time to find or make a picture or graphic to go with it. But now, since you asked me to, I am uploading a graphic as well as a video/presentation, depending on which I will be able to upload considering the bandwidth issues I am having.

I have many ideas that I have been working on in my pursuit of finding innovative solutions to problems being faced by the less fortunate among our society, ranging from education to housing to livelihoods to restructuring of cities to resolve the slums conundrum. I am looking forward to opportunities at OpenIDEO to realize my dreams.

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Hi OpenIDEO, I uploaded a video to explain how my idea works. Please do check it out. Thanks.