Harnessing location-based services for effective citizen observatories

MAZUMDAR, Suvodeep, WRIGLEY, Stuart, IRESON, Neil and CIRAVEGNA, Fabio (2018). Harnessing location-based services for effective citizen observatories. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 13, 101-108.

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The essence of a city is its citizens and communities. A city’s infrastructure and associated services play a vital role in citizens' day-to-day living and their overall quality of life. Traditionally, services are deployed in a top-down approach where authorities, councils and public bodies take a reactive approach to address community needs and concerns. In this paper, we propose our ‘Citizen Observatory’ approach to enable citizens to take a proactive role in the management of their local communities and environment by supporting their engagement in the decision-making process. We discuss how to empower citizens and communities to engage with and assist authorities to establish a more informed understanding of residents’ needs and the status of their local environments. Through the WeSenseIt project, we employ a location-based crowdsourcing and communication strategy to develop a resilient, efficient and collaborative information ecosystem for decision-making in urban and rural areas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Within the Special Section: Citizen Data Science
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.2902/1725-0463.2018.13.art10
Page Range: 101-108
Depositing User: Suvodeep Mazumdar
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 10:37
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:16
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18903

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