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Removing Barriers for Citizen Participation to Urban Innovation

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Publication Details

Authors: Wolff Annika, Gooch Daniel, Cavero Jose, Rashid Umar, Kortuem Gerd

Editors of book: de Lange, Michiel; de Waal, Martijn

Publishing place: Singapore

Publication year: 2018

Language: English

Title of parent publication: The Hackable City

ISBN: 978-981-13-2693-6

eISBN: 978-981-13-2694-3

JUFO level of this publication: 2

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2694-3_8

Permanent website address: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-13-2694-3_8

Open Access: Open Access publication

Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe201902043939


The potential of open data as a resource for driving citizen-led urban innovation relies not only on a
suitable technical infrastructure but also on the skills and knowledge of the citizens themselves. In this
chapter, we describe how a smart city project in Milton Keynes, UK, is supporting multiple stages of
citizen innovation, from ideation to citizen-led smart city projects. The Our MK initiative provides support
and funding to help citizens develop their ideas about making their communities more sustainable into
reality. This approach encounters challenges when engaging with citizens in identifying and implementing
data-driven solutions to urban problems. The majority of citizens have little practical experience with the
types of data sets that might be available or possess the appropriate skills for their analysis and utilisation
for addressing urban issues or finding novel ways to hack their city. We go on to describe the Urban Data
School, which aims to offer a long-term solution to this problem by providing teaching resources around
urban data sets aimed at raising the standard of data literacy amongst future generations. Lesson resources
that form part of the Urban Data School have been piloted in one primary and three secondary schools in
Milton Keynes. This work has demonstrated that with the appropriate support, even young children can
begin to develop the skills necessary to work with large complex data sets. Through our two approaches,
we illustrate some of the barriers to citizen participation in urban innovation and detail our solutions to
overcoming those barriers.

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