E-deliberation 2.0 for smart cities: a critical assessment of two 'idea generation' cases

Mechant, P., Stevens, I., Evens, T. and Verdegem, P. 2012. E-deliberation 2.0 for smart cities: a critical assessment of two 'idea generation' cases. International Journal of Electronic Governance. 5 (1), pp. 82-98. doi:10.1504/IJEG.2012.047441

TitleE-deliberation 2.0 for smart cities: a critical assessment of two 'idea generation' cases
AuthorsMechant, P., Stevens, I., Evens, T. and Verdegem, P.
Abstract

This paper elaborates on the importance of a user-driven approach in the design and development of innovative services and applications for smart cities. By reporting on two case studies situated in the city of Ghent (Belgium), that are part of larger projects, we illustrate how we have applied different user-centred innovation development methods and strategies in order to generate and evaluate innovative concepts and ideas for smart city applications. This paper discusses and compares the work conducted in these case studies by documenting for each case study (a) the policy context and strategy, (b) the problems addressed and the solutions achieved, and (c) the (e-)deliberation (2.0) approaches used. Furthermore, we assess the effectiveness and impact of both approaches and report on the results and the lessons learned.

Keywordse-deliberation, smart city, digital city, ideation, ubiquitous city, idea-generation, crowdsourcing, open innovation, user-centric methods, opportunity identification, idea-evaluation, brainstorming
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Governance
Journal citation5 (1), pp. 82-98
ISSN1742-7509
Year2012
PublisherInderScience
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1504/IJEG.2012.047441
Publication dates
Published20 Jun 2012

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