Engaging News 17.11.2017

Engaging News 17.11.2017

Engaging News – Week ending Friday 17th November.

This week’s news articles covering Citizen Engagement and Active Participation, Open Government, Open Data and Smart Cities. We have stories from around the world. Leave comments below!


Citizen Engagement and Active Participation

How tech is making urban planning more inclusive: ‘Tinder for urban planning’ is letting citizens swipe their way to better consultation. New trials of civic tech starting in Santa Monica, CA working towards a more data-driven planning system

5 Indices & Frameworks to Evaluate E-participation: Measuring e-participation can be tricky. Pauline Riviere shares new insights on ways to measure citizen engagement with a listing of 5 metrics, tools, solutions and frameworks.

Amelia Loye on Data and Engagement: Hear engage2’s Managing Director, Amelia Loye, share her knowledge about increasing transparency in governments using a social science, community engagement and data-driven approach.


Open Government and Open Data

Why Indonesia is so keen to open up?: Learn about Indonesia’s open government journey, with Raden Siliwanti, from Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning writes about how they have modernised complaint-handling mechanisms, opened government data and how opening government has helped to formulate accurate and effective development plans.

Conference catch-up: data integration in the public sector: Trust is becoming currency of the data-driven economy. The Mandarin AU shares insights into last week’s “Unlocking the value of Australia’s Public Data” conference. Full videos also available.


Smart Cities

Building with the people: Resilient Melbourne takes cues from Germany & Netherlands, participatory building housing design, involving people from the start.

Glasgow a world-leading smart city with support from Innovate UK: Glasgow turns a £24 million grant from Innovate UK into a £144 million return, making Glasgow a world-leading smart city. Transforming services with data-driven digital infrastructure and civictech.

Glasgow also profiles their smart cities tool box on their futurecityglasgow website. Click and scroll down to find out what they are doing to improve citizen engagement, active travel, civictech, public interfaces and more.



NSW Liveable Communities Grants Program funds innovative projects that help people live active, healthy lives. Grant apps due 2pm, 20 Nov.

Have you conducted research into impacts of civic tech? Do you have successes/failures to share from your own project? Call for papers now open for TICTeC, in Lisbon, 18-19 April 2018. 


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Thanks for reading,

Hannah and Alice.

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