Open Air Quality Data: A Talk by Dr. Chrisa Hasenkopf 2 Feb 2017
Air pollution, responsible for more deaths each year than HIV/AIDS and malaria, combined, is a global public health crisis. Yet many scientific questions, including those directly relevant for policy, remain unanswered when it comes to the impact of air pollution on health in highly polluted environments. Often, specific solutions to improving air quality are local and sustained through public engagement, policy and monitoring. Both the overarching science of air quality and health and local solutions rely on access to reliable, timely air quality data.
Over the past year and half, the OpenAQ community has opened up existing disparate air quality data in 42 countries through an open source platform (openaq.org) so that communities around the world can use it to advance science, public engagement, and policy. We will share stories of communities, from Delhi to Ulaanbaatar and from scientists to journalists, using open air quality data from our platform to advance their fight against air inequality. The subsequent open-source tools (github.com/openaq) we have developed from this research and our entire data-sharing platform may be of interest to other open data communities.
Christa Hasenkopf is an atmospheric scientist and co-founder of OpenAQ, the world’s first real-time open air quality data platform, created by an open-source community of scientists, software developers, journalists, and lovers of open data. She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins in the Environmental Science & Policy Program, part of the Advanced Academic Program.
Previously, Hasenkopf was the Chief Air Pollution Advisor to the Medical Director at the State Department. Prior to this work, she was a fellow in the Global Development Lab at USAID. Before coming to D.C., Hasenkopf conducted postdoctoral research on air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. With colleagues, she launched the first air quality instrument in Mongolia that shared data via social media.
Hasenkopf received a PhD in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado. She is a current Echoing Green Fellow, as well as a former USAID/PEER Partner, NSF International Research Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and corps member in Teach for America