A Participatory Approach to Eliciting Local Values of Civic Data Justice

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This article is a response to scholars calling for conceptualizing local values of data justice. Such values are grounded in the ways local communities utilize and understand data that has been created for their use. To elicit these values, I organized 11 data literacy workshops with community leaders in Atlanta's Historic Westside neighborhoods. Analyzing the qualitative data I gathered from these workshops using Grounded Theory (GT) allowed me to identify three values of data justice that were prioritized by community leaders. These include (i) Support the community's data infrastructure literacy, (ii) Empower the community through data, and (iii) Foster accountability through data. These local values and the methods I used to engage with the Westside can guide other researchers interested in creating civic data infrastructures with their communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC 2022 - Embracing Cosmologies
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding Worlds of Participatory Design, Proceedings of the 17th Participatory Design Conference
EditorsVasilis Vlachokyriakos, Joyce Yee, Gronvall Erik, Raquel Noronha, Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Yoko Akama, Rachel Clarke, John Vines
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450393881
StatePublished - Aug 19 2022
Event17th Participatory Design Conference - Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design, PDC 2022 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 19 2022Sep 1 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference17th Participatory Design Conference - Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design, PDC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I would like to thank everyone from the Historic Westside community and the Historic Westside University Alliance who made this research possible. I would also like to thank Andrew Schrock, Ann Green, the anonymous reviewers, and staff at the ACM for their comments on previous drafts of this paper and for guiding me towards publication.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 ACM.


  • Civic data infrastructures
  • data justice
  • ethnography
  • local values
  • participatory design
  • workshops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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