The GovLab project identifies some of the toughest global challenges to be solved with data
How can we unlock the potential of data and data science to provide answers to the most pressing questions of our time?
The global challenges we face today grow increasingly complex. To support problem-solving approaches and policymaking, innovative solutions, and ideas for developing these solutions are urgently needed.
The 100 Questions Initiative aims to define the high-impact challenges of our time, leverage relevant datasets to address these challenges, and set up data collaboratives to solve them. Data collaboratives offer a promising avenue for making optimal use of datasets as they allow privately held data to be utilised for the common good. As there is no consensus on which societal challenges are most pressing on a global level, the initiative helps identify the questions that are high on the agenda across sectors and locations, by:
- Creating a community of practitioners
- Sourcing the questions
- Publicly prioritising the questions
- Matching the questions to existing datasets
Focusing on seven domains: migration, gender, air quality, future of work, disinformation, governance, and food systems & sustainability, the project aims to make the most out of public resources.
This project is initiated by the Governance Lab (GovLab), part of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in partnership with others.