Clio Andris has been awarded a $159,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for the project: Census 2.0: A census of connectivity.
Official government censuses measure quantities of particular items in a given geography (“How many households live in a census tract?”) or the specific qualities of each of those items (“How many of the households in this census tract earn incomes below the poverty level?”). However, censuses fail to gather data on connections, relations and flow between geographies, e.g. “How many people in this census tract have friends or family who live in the next census tract?” or “How many people in this neighborhood read the same information sources as the next neighborhood?” This grant will support a pilot a Census of Connectivity to map human relationships and connections. We will pilot our first survey in State College, Philadelphia, Akron and Detroit over 2017.