Dog Fouling and FixMyStreet

April 06, 2017 by Alex Parsons

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When working with data that you didn't set out to gather you have to be careful to think about what the data actualy means, rather than what it seems to be saying. As an example, one of the "interesting" side effects of FixMyStreet is a database of places people have reported dog poop (or "dog fouling" as it tends to be called academically). We no have over 20,000 locations across the UK where nature's call has both been heard, and reported. What do these reports tell us about the FixMyStreet platform as a whole?