Terra Curtis will graduate with a Master’s of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. She is particularly interested in behavior change, multi-modal integration, tech start-ups and mobile technologies, social entrepreneurship, and public health. She thinks a multi-disciplinary approach to planning is paramount to the field’s success.
Her current projects include bicycle-transit integration in San Francisco, media advocacy for healthy food in schools and school gardens, and blogging about government 2.0 and the advancement of digital services in cities. Terra is an editor for Living Labs Global's Report on Mobility.
Recently, I posted an article on the Living Labs Global blog, Report on Mobility, which prompted someone to comment on the distinction between open data and actual information. Raw data are valuable, but the information synthesized from the data is golden. My experiences this summer continue to highlight the need not only for better data, but also for better information.