PennPraxis

Spatial Analysis

PennPraxis' data analysis process involves the creation of custom, open-source software tools to allow for reproducible, flexible, and complex analysis for a range of use cases related to planning, health, landscape and the built environment. Building geo-spatial and non-spatial routines in R brings some of the most powerful wrangling, visualization and statistical packages available. In analyzing the use of public space in Philadelphia, Praxis has combined survey research, behavioral spatial analysis, sensor data and open data into a unified data model to create n-dimensional understanding of the ways in which public space is used and understood. 

Services include:
  • Multi-source data integration
  • Data mining
  • Smart city technologies
  • Survey design + analysis
 
 Map of Madison Parks WI showing very loose coralation between gun violence and liquor store locations

PennPraxis is working with the The State Gun Law Project, a research initiative that takes a data-driven approach to studying the relationship between gun legislation and gun violence.

Satellite view of industrial mining dump. Border between green space and contaminated space is clearly defined

The Green New Deal House Resolution has proposed a campaign of “cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites.” Hundreds of thousands of such sites across the U.S.

Map showing tobacco seller in Philadelphia. Main concentrations are in the center and southern regions of the city.

PennPraxis provides geospatial data analysis and expertise on planning the built environment to the Communication Neuroscience Lab's "Geoscanning" project.

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PennPraxis Research Associate Michael Fichman is the Data Scientist on the Center for Safe Mobility’s research team.

Cartoon showing proposed design. Sections pointed out are: Food truck, Sandbox, Beer Garden, Yoga/ movie night

PennPraxis’ spatial analytics team developed software for documenting site usage and mapping spatial data for a variety of sites and questions.

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In 2018, PennPraxis partnered with The Creative Footprint Project (CFP), a measurement and engagement project created by Mirik Milan, the former Night Mayor of Amsterdam, and Lutz Leichsenring of the Berlin Clubcommission.

 Partially destroyed church with fenced off region

The Historic Sacred Places Project created the first comprehensive, field-checked inventory of Philadelphia’s 842 purpose-built historic sacred places. PennPraxis’ field survey findings were published in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2017 report, Philadelphia Historic Sacred Places: Their Past, Present, and Future.