Shenja van der Graaf, Paulien Coppens, Laurence Claeys, Carina Veeckman

Research Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunicaton (SMIT)

The overall objective of the hackAIR project is to develop and pilot test an open platform that will enable communities of citizens to easily set up air quality monitoring networks and engage their members in measuring and publishing outdoor air pollution levels, leveraging the power of online social networks, mobile and open hardware technologies, and engagement strategies.

The hackAIR platform will be co-created with the users in order to ensure that the developed solution results in a more democratic participation of citizens in measuring and understanding air quality.

The hackAIR web application framework will enable collecting, fusing, publishing and visualizing air pollution data from:
- publicly available sources (air quality monitoring stations, sky-depicting images in social media and open data)
- citizens as observers (through a mobile app and open hardware measurements)

In doing so, hackAIR will create collective and individual awareness about air quality in Europe. Ultimately, the project aims to contribute to:
- an improved knowledge base for air quality data in Europe as a result of an increase in crowdsourced data points;
- a change towards more pro-active and environmental friendly behaviour for monitoring air quality as a result of increased engagement on this issue; and
- better informed decision-making on air quality regulations as a result of increased participation and more targeted advocacy by citizens and civil society organisations.

The project relates to the topic ICT-10-2015: “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation”, sub-objective a: Collective awareness pilots for bottom-up participatory innovation paradigms.

Partners: iMinds-SMIT-VUB; Draxis environmental S.A.; Norwegian institute for air research (NILU); Centre for Research and technology Hellas (CERTH); Friends of the earth Germany (BUND).

01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

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