OurCity: Understanding how visualization and aggregation of user-generated content can engage citizens in community participation

Will Simm, Jon Whittle, Adam Nieman, Anna Portman, John Sibbald

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OurCity is a site-specific digital artwork designed to solicit, aggregate and visualize citizens' views on the cities in which they live. It aims to allow people to have their voice heard in a way which is fun and engaging and reduces the gap between citizens and policymakers. OurCity builds on our previous work, VoiceYourView (Whittle et al 2010) which used similar data aggregation techniques but a completely different visualization of user-generated data. This paper revisits the key results from VoiceYourView and hence uses OurCity as an additional validation exercise to assess whether VoiceYourView results are generalizable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhen the City Meets the Citizen - Papers from the 2012 ICWSM Workshop, Technical Report
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media Workshop 2012 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 Jun 20124 Jun 2012


WorkshopInternational AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media Workshop 2012
Abbreviated titleICWSM 2012 Workshop

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