The names of public spaces (streets, avenues, squares and others) define the identity of a city and how citizens interact with it. The region of Brussels suffers from a major inequality between male and female street names and we want to help fix this.
There are several ways to approach the inequality of street names and leverage a positive change in our society. Ours is with the use of Open Data to create a map visualizing the streetnames of Brussels by gender.
To make this happen, we used open data - data which can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose - from OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia.
On 17 February 2020, 60 volunteers gathered to add the Wikidata tags (a tag containing all the information from a Wikipedia page) to the streets on OpenStreetMap. Using Open Data has unlocked new opportunities, the project now being replicable for other cities and the analysis being fully transparent.
Datasets, source code, and documentation available on GitHub.
Website and data process built by Open Knowledge Belgium and SPRL GEO-6 BVBA.
The following names have been crowdsourced, analysed and categorized by the team of EqualStreetNames.Feminist
Interested in replicating EqualStreetNames in another city?
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