Dog Fouling and FixMyStreet


When working with data that you didn’t set out to gather you have to be careful to think about what the data actually means, rather than what it seems to be saying. As an example, one of the “interesting” side effects of FixMyStreet is a database of places people have reported dog poop (or “dog fouling” as it tends to be called academically). We now have over 20,000 locations across the UK where nature’s call has both been heard, and reported.

What do these reports tell us about the FixMyStreet platform as whole?



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Parsons, A. (2017). Dog Fouling and FixMyStreet. [online] mySociety Research. Available at: [Accessed 17 Mar 2018].