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Open Data for Urban Research

Master Governing the Large Metropolis

Sciences Po, urban school

Academic Year 2017/2018


  • François Briatte (ESPOL, Université Catholique de Lille)
  • Samuel Goëta (Datactivist)
  • Joël Gombin (Datactivist)

Course Outline

This workshop offers a critical analysis of how urban-level data are produced, interpreted, and, increasingly, released to the public. It was designed specifically for this Masters, alongside the “Advanced Quantitative Methods” course, which enables students to build on their existing statistical training by mixing qualitative and quantitative insights.

Students will learn to assess the quality of existing open data resources, critically discuss their political implications, and produce their own catalogue of real-world public datasets.

In order to have a better understanding of the pitfalls of any open data project, we will follow the School of Data pipeline in this class which will allow us to review all the necessary steps in any open data project.

Class 1 · Find and get data


Date: Sept 20th 1PM -4PM

Instructor: Samuel Goëta


Class 2 - Verify data


Date: Oct 4th 1PM-4PM

Instructor: Samuel Goëta


Class 3 - Clean Data

Date: Oct 25th 4PM-7PM Slides:

Instructor: Joël Gombin


Class 4 - Present data

Nov 23rd, 4pm-7pm

Instructor: Francois Briatte






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Impact of Social Sciences Blog, London School of Economics and Political Science:

Open Knowledge Foundation:


Urban-level data-oriented studies:

Urban Audit – European City Statistics:

OECD – Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development:

UN-Habitat, United Nations: