• 29 June 2022
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Your input on the most pressing data-actionable questions concerning mobility and transportation

By Uma Kalkar

The original press release can be found here.

The GovLab, CAF — Development Bank of Latin America, Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), and the New Urban Mobility Alliance release the top ten questions in the 100 Questions “Urban Mobility and Transportation Domain” for public voting.

BROOKLYN, New York, Tuesday, June 28 — A few months ago, The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, along with CAF — Development Bank of Latin America, the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), and the New Urban Mobility Alliance (NUMO) launched the Urban Mobility and Transportation domain of the 100 Questions Initiative.

This project leverages a community of subject matter and data science professionals — ’bilinguals’ — to identify the most pressing questions in the field that could be answered with data and data science. Following an initial submission of 113 questions from the mobility and transportation bilinguals, our team combined and clustered these questions into 48 data-actionable questions. From there, the bilinguals prioritized the top ten questions that, if answered with data, could be transformative for urban mobility research and policy.

We are proud to release these top ten questions and launch the public voting phase of the 100 Questions process. Having received expert feedback from across the world, we now turn to you: which of the top ten questions do you feel are the most important for policymakers to address? Vote at mobility.the100questions.org — you can vote for as many questions as you like, as many times as you like. The questions are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Voting is open until July 28th.

Equipped with expert and public feedback, the Urban Mobility and Transportation domain presents an evidence-based springboard for sustainable mobility and urban planning research that uses data in a meaningful and impactful way.

Following public voting, The GovLab, CAF, TUMI, and NUMO will be designing data collaboratives — innovative public and private partnerships to share and reuse data for the public good — to tackle the most urgent of the top ten 10 questions.

VOTE TODAY at mobility.the100questions.org

About the 100 Questions Initiative

The 100 Questions Initiative is presented by The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. This initiative seeks to map the world’s 100 most important questions in the most critical domains, such as gender, migration, and air quality, that could be answered if datasets and data science were unlocked and leveraged to their full potential, in a responsible manner. It is supported by a global advisory board comprising data science and subject matter experts from the public, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Members include Ciro Cattuto, scientific director of ISI Foundation; Gabriella Gómez-Mont, founder and former director at Laboratorio Para La Ciudad; Molly Jackman, leader of Content-Product Data Science and Engineering at Netflix; Vivienne Ming, founder of Socos Labs; Wilfred Ndifon, director of research at AIMS Global Network; Denice Ross, fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation; and Matthew Salganik, professor of sociology at Princeton University. For more information, visit the100questions.org or https://the100questions.org/faq.

About The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The Governance Lab’s mission is to improve people’s lives by changing the way we govern. Our goal at The GovLab is to strengthen the ability of institutions — including but not limited to governments — and people to work more openly, collaboratively, effectively, and legitimately to make better decisions and solve public problems. We believe that increased availability and use of data, new ways to leverage the capacity, intelligence, and expertise of people in the problem-solving process, combined with new advances in technology and science, can transform governance. We approach each challenge and opportunity in an interdisciplinary, collaborative way, irrespective of the problem, sector, geography, and level of government. For more information, visit the thegovlab.org.

About CAF- Development Bank of Latin America

CAF — Development Bank of Latin America is a development financial institution committed to improving the quality of life of all Latin Americans. CAF´s actions promote the sustainable development and integration of the region through loans, non-reimbursable technical assistance resources, and support in the technical and financial structuring of programs and projects in the public and private sectors in Latin America. CAF works in 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as in Spain and Portugal through 13 offices, to serve the region.

About the New Urban Mobility Alliance

NUMO, the New Urban Mobility Alliance, is a global organization that channels tech-based disruptions in urban transport to create joyful cities where sustainable and just mobility is the new normal. Founded in 2019 as an outgrowth of the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, NUMO convenes diverse allies and leverages the momentum of significant revolutions in mobility to target urban issues — including equity, sustainability, accessibility, and labor — impacted by the shifting transportation landscape. NUMO is hosted by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Learn more at www.numo.global.

About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, one of the country’s foremost private research universities, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.