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In the know: Making sensors visible, Digital Trust for Places and Routines (DTPR) standard, CILIP Ideas Platform

In the know is a regular roundup of knowledge management (KM) topics of discussion and the articles, events, videos, and podcasts that are grabbing the attention of KM experts across our community.

Making sensors visible

One of John Antill’s articles has looked at the proliferation of sensors in society and why we should care about this. Related to this, the previous edition of “In the know” reported on a Cities Today article calling for greater oversight of private sensors.

A further Cities Today article1 reports on four communities that are piloting visual icons to provide more transparency about technology that is deployed in public spaces, such as sensors and cameras.

The signs let people know what data the technology is collecting, who’s collecting it, and what the data is being used for. By scanning a QR code on a sign, residents can learn more about the technology, ask questions, and share their feedback.

Digital Trust for Places and Routines (DTPR) standard

The visual signage pilots discussed above are testing the open source Digital Trust for Places and Routines (DTPR)2 communication standard:

Technology can help make our roads safer for people, our buildings greener, and our homes healthier. But is it living up to its promises? … The DTPR standard is about technology that enables agency for people in the real world … We believe that creating a unified taxonomy and visual language is a critical starting point, and that digital tools could help people to follow up and learn more.

CILIP Ideas Platform

Readers of RealKM Magazine will be very familiar with the leading knowledge management work of CILIP, including CILIP’s KM Chartership.

CILIP has launched a new Ideas Platform that allows anyone to upload and share their ideas and suggestions for the future of the knowledge and information management sector and CILIP’s role within it.

With thanks to Matt Treadwell on LinkedIn.


  1. Wray, S. (2022, June 23). Cities pilot icons to raise awareness of sensors. Cities Today. Retrieved from
  2. Helpful Places (n.d.). Digital Trust for Places and Routines (DTPR). Retrieved from
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