Director of Civic Analytics, Constantine Kontokosta, gave an overview of his team’s work during his keynote speech at the 2020 Seoul Big Data Forum. In his concluding remarks, he outlined several “tensions and balances in urban science,” with one of those as “state-of-the-practice v. state-of-the-art.” He noted:
The state-of-the-art in terms of how we use geolocation data, social media data, how we use more advanced computational methods or remote sensing for instance, doesn’t always connect with what city agencies are capable of implementing in practice. So, there is this disconnect between what is possible in terms of computational methods and big data analytics and what would actually be useful at the end of the day to the people who are making decisions at city agencies. So there is a tension somewhat here between what perhaps academics might want to do and what those in the public service really need.