Sidewalk Labs launches app to evaluate how people use public space

Writing on a blog on, Ananta Pandey, senior software engineer, Sidewalk Labs, explains that the app was field tested as part of Park People’s public space incubator programme, an initiative that awards grants to experimental programming pilots in Toronto’s public spaces.

With CommonSpace, park operators or community organisers can enter information they observe about public life?—?such as what areas people tend to eat in, play in, or avoid—into a user-friendly app.

The app records data in accordance with the Public Life Data Protocol, an open data standard (published by the Gehl Institute and founding municipal and private partners) that makes it possible to compare data from public spaces.