Cities are becoming increasingly central in resilience-building initiatives across developing and emerging regions. On one hand, there is a clear demographic reason for such trend: since 2005 more than half of the world's population resides in cities. Indeed, in Africa the urban population will double in less than a decade. Latin America and Caribbean population growth is less pronounced in urban areas, but in this region urban dwellers already represent the 75% of the total population. In Asia that figure currently accounts for 42.5% of total population – and there will be 3.3 billion people living in urban areas by 2050 (1).
- “data tools need to be open source whenever possible;
- infrastructure needed to collect and store data should be transparent;
- local data skills are key to provide effective and durable solutions;
- ownership of local data is critical;
- data sharing needs to be ethical;
- participants have the right not to be sensed; and
- mistakes (being this field still a frontier) help learning.” (3)