Citizen E-Participation in Urban Governance: Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Creativity

Citizen E-Participation in Urban Governance: Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Creativity

Carlos Nunes Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Release Date: June, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 392
ISBN13: 9781466641693|ISBN10: 146664169X|EISBN13: 9781466641709|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4169-3


The relationship between citizens and city governments is gradually transforming due to the utilization of advanced information and communication technologies in order to inform, consult, and engage citizens.

Citizen E-Participation in Urban Governance: Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Creativity explores the nature of the new challenges confronting citizens and local governments in the field of urban governance. This comprehensive reference source explores the role that Web 2.0 technologies play in promoting citizen participation and empowerment in the city government and is intended for scholars, researchers, students, and practitioners in the field of urban studies, urban planning, political science, public administration, and more.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Citizen Participation
  • Citizen Science
  • Crowdsourcing
  • E-Democracy Systems
  • E-Participation
  • Geographic Information for Disaster Management
  • Open Source Urban Governance
  • Urban Land Cover

Reviews and Testimonials

For scholars, researchers, students, and practitioners in urban studies, urban planning, political science, public administration, information science, and other fields, Silva (Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, U. of Lisbon, Portugal) compiles 15 essays on the role of Web 2.0 technologies in citizen participation and empowerment in city governance. Urban planning, marketing, geoinformatics, public administration, information technology, applied systems analysis, and other researchers from Europe, Australia, Singapore, and North America first discuss basic concepts in e-participation and key issues in citizen e-participation in urban governance, including open source urban governance, crowdsourcing, neogeography, volunteered geographic information, citizen science, e-democracy systems, and participation and equity in urban public policy. They follow with descriptions of different modes of citizen mass collaboration in urban governance, including geographic information systems, geo-visualization, and other geo-locational technologies, and other modes, like social media, smartphones and mobile applications, and website-based e-participation, and management approaches to improve participation.

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Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Carlos Nunes Silva
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Chapter 1
Carlos Nunes Silva
The chapter explores the emerging paradigm of Open Source Urban Governance, a new urban policy model associated with the extensive use of... Sample PDF
Open Source Urban Governance: Crowdsourcing, Neogeography, VGI, and Citizen Science
Chapter 2
Rajeev Sharma, Atreyi Kankanhalli, Mahdieh Taher
The concept of democracy has a long tradition of research in the political science domain. In recent years, advances in Information and... Sample PDF
E-Democracy Systems and Participation Outcomes in Urban Governance
Chapter 3
Thomas W. Sanchez, Marc Brenman
Social equity commonly refers to fairness or impartiality, usually in terms of inputs or outcomes related to social and economic opportunity. In the... Sample PDF
Public Participation, Social Equity, and Technology in Urban Governance
Chapter 4
Daren C. Brabham
Crowdsourcing is a method for harnessing the collective intelligence of online communities to solve specific problems or produce goods. Largely... Sample PDF
The Four Urban Governance Problem Types Suitable for Crowdsourcing Citizen Participation
Chapter 5
Barney Warf
Web 2.0 technologies, which allow interactions between the producers and consumers of information, have important implications for how urban spaces... Sample PDF
Web 2.0, Neogeography, and Urban E-Governance
Chapter 6
Nancy Obermeyer
This chapter examines the use of GIS, geovisualization, and other geo-locational technologies and applications, including social networking websites... Sample PDF
Tracking Public Participation in Urban Governance: Democracy and Data Privacy
Chapter 7
Doris Dransch, Kathrin Poser, Joachim Fohringer, Christian Lucas
The amount of information generated and provided by citizens via the World Wide Web is constantly growing. Citizens share information, thoughts, and... Sample PDF
Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Management
Chapter 8
Linda See, Steffen Fritz, Christoph Perger, Marijn Van der Velde, Franziska Albrecht, Ian McCallum, Dmitry Schepaschenko, Michael Obersteiner, Christian Schill
Crowdsourcing is one mechanism for undertaking e-participation. This chapter considers the broader issues of crowdsourcing in the context of citizen... Sample PDF
Urban Geo-Wiki: A Crowdsourcing Tool to Improve Urban Land Cover
Chapter 9
Karl Atzmanstorfer, Thomas Blaschke
This chapter introduces a spatial view to e-participation in urban governance which is based on the technological core of Geographical Information... Sample PDF
The Geospatial Web: A Tool to Support the Empowerment of Citizens through E-Participation?
Chapter 10
Caren Cooper, Ashwin Balakrishnan
Citizen science is a method for an interested public to share information in order to co-create scientific knowledge, typically drawing on games and... Sample PDF
Citizen Science Perspectives on E-Participation in Urban Planning
Chapter 11
Stefan Höffken, Bernd Streich
Smartphones and tablet computers are becoming essential in everyday life, connecting us in a powerful network through mobile web services. They open... Sample PDF
Mobile Participation: Citizen Engagement in Urban Planning via Smartphones
Chapter 12
Thomas A. Bryer, Kimberly L. Nelson
To explore the relationship between form of municipal government and deployment of social media tools for civic engagement, the authors conduct an... Sample PDF
Social Media for Civic Engagement: An Exploration of Urban Governments
Chapter 13
Jim P. Huebner
Citizen relationship management (CiRM) is a combination of management approaches and information technologies for improving citizen services and... Sample PDF
E-Participation and Citizen Relationship Management in Urban Governance: Tools and Methods
Chapter 14
Elena Bellio, Luca Buccoliero
This chapter summarizes the results of a research project aimed to enlighten the issue of citizens’ empowerment through municipalities’ Web portals.... Sample PDF
Citizen Web Empowerment across Italian Cities: A Benchmarking Approach
Chapter 15
Enrico Ferro, Michele Osella, Yannis Charalabidis, Euripides Loukis
The chapter introduces the concept of policy gadgets that may be expressed as the combined use of computer simulations and social media in... Sample PDF
Policy Gadgets for Urban Governance in the Era of Social Computing: An Italian Pilot on Telemedicine
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Carlos Nunes Silva, PhD, Professor Auxiliar at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal, holds a degree in Geography (University of Coimbra), a post-graduation in European Studies (University of Coimbra - Faculty of Law), a Master degree in Human Geography: Regional and Local Planning (University of Lisbon), and a PhD in Geography: Regional and Local Planning (University of Lisbon). His research interests focus mainly on urban and metropolitan governance, the history and theory of urban planning, urban planning in Africa, urban e-planning, urban planning ethics, local government policies, local e-government, and research methods. His publications include 'Governing Urban Africa', 'Local Government and Urban Governance in Europe' (co-edited); 'Urban Planning in North Africa'; 'Urban Planning in Lusophone African Countries'; 'Emerging Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Urban E-Planning'; 'Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial and Postcolonial Planning Cultures'; 'Fiscal Austerity and Innovation in Local Governance in Europe' (co-edited); 'Citizen e-Participation in Urban Governance: Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Creativity'; 'Online Research Methods in Urban and Planning Studies: Design and Outcomes'; 'Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICT for Urban Development and Monitoring'; 'Portugal: Sistema de Govern Local'; and 'Política Urbana em Lisboa, 1926-1974'. He is the Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on ‘Geography of Governance’ (2016-2020), and the founding editor-in-chief of the ‘International Journal of E-Planning Research’ (IJEPR).