AAAI Publications, Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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OurCity: Understanding How Visualization and Aggregation of User-Generated Content Can Engage Citizens in Community Participation
Will Simm, Jon Whittle, Adam Nieman, Anna Portman, John Sibbald

Last modified: 2012-05-20


OurCity is a site-specific digital artwork designed to solicit, aggregate and visualize citizens’ views on the cities in which they live. It aims to allow people to have their voice heard in a way which is fun and engaging and reduces the gap between citizens and policymakers. OurCity builds on our previous work, VoiceYourView (Whittle et al 2010) which used similar data aggregation techniques but a completely different visualization of user-generated data. This paper revisits the key results from VoiceYourView and hence uses OurCity as an additional validation exercise to assess whether VoiceYourView results are generalizable.


artwork, citizen engagement, NLP, Language processing, social media,

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