Air pollution is an environmental issue with serious health and lifespan implications. It remains difficult for citizens to assess their exposure to air pollution and air quality issues in their country.
The hackAIR open platform will enable communities of citizens to easily engage their members in generating and publishing information relevant to outdoor air pollution, leveraging the power of citizen science, online social networks, mobile and open hardware technologies, and engagement strategies.
hackAIR aims to complement official data with community-driven data sources, for collecting, analysing and sharing air quality measurements to community members through low cost open hardware sensors easily assembled by citizens, web and/or mobile phones.
By October 2017, hackAIR will be tested in two European countries (Germany and Norway) in order to validate the service platform and how this can contribute towards individual and collective awareness about air quality in Europe, encouraging changes in behaviour towards air quality improvements.