Title: Geoweb 2.0 and Design Empowerment
Authors: Pak, Burak
Verbeke, Johan
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Host Document: Digital Humanities 2014 Conference Proceedings pages:290-292
Conference: Digital Humanities 2014 date:8-11 July 2014
Abstract: In this paper, we present a critical evaluation of the intended levels of design empowerment in various Web
2.0-based geographic applications (Geoweb 2.0). This evaluation covers a survey of eleven cases which
specifically relate to urban and spatial issues (OpenPlans, Nextdoor, CitySourced, Neighborland, LocalWiki,
Spacehive, MindMixer,LocalData, mySociety, Ideavibes, Community Planit ). By this way, we aim to provide an
insight into the inclusion strategies and tools employed for Geoweb 2.0-supported citizen involvement. As a
result, we observed that the aforementioned organizations view higher levels of design empowerment as
secondary priorities. According to the survey participants, their focus was on data collection and providing
information rather than active citizen empowerment in collaborative urban design processes.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Campuses Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent
Department of Architecture - miscellaneous

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