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Título: Communication with citizens in the first EU citizen observatories experiences
Autor: Montargil, Filipe
Santos, Vitor
Palavras-chave: Citizen observatories
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Data: Jun-2017
Editora: ACPI-Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Citação: MONTARGIL, Filipe; SANTOS, Vitor - Communication with citizens in the first EU citizen observatories experiences. In: BORGES, João Vieira; ROUCO, José Carlos Dias (eds.) - The proceedings of 17th european Conference on Digital Government - ECDG 2017. Reading (United Kingdom): ACPI-Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited. ISBN: 978-1-911218-37-1. pp. 96-105
Resumo: This paper presents the emerging concept and reality of Citizen Observatories (COs). We offer a brief overview of its opportunities and its areas of application and discuss some central elements of the first generation of Citizen Observatories pilot projects’ funded by the European Union, between 2012 and 2016, in what regards communication with citizens. The concept of CO implies, according to the existing definitions, an open and shared information system dedicated to the collection of data on the environment and natural resources, using ICT, and the volunteer participation of individuals in data collection. The EU has adopted a more specific concept of CO in the projects funded, so that the resulting information complements existing earth observation systems (including the European Copernicus satellite program). In the 2012 In the 2012—2016 period five CO projects have been funded by the EU, covering different areas: natural waters monitoring, odour monitoring, air quality monitoring, flood risk management and a platform for citizen science surveys. These COs allowed to develop and test the concept’s implementation. According to our analysis, we can identify different communication strategies with citizens, in these projects, ranging from all-inclusive strategies (using websites, Android and IOS apps, both to collect and disseminate information) to more focused communication strategies. Besides this, awareness is also a critical issue for COs, since they need to attract a relevant number of citizens in order to justify their existence and to thrive. Most projects make extensive use of social networking sites (SNS), including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ and Slideshare. Despite this use, however, it cannot yet be considered that COs reach a vast number of citizens. Rather, the number of citizens involved was very limited, in the first generation of pilot projects. But societal challenges may assume a more relevant role in the following stages, with the projects that will be developed between 2016 and 2020.
Descrição: Artigo baseado na comunicação proferida na 17th European Conference on Digital Government - ECDG 2017, realizado em Lisboa (Academia Militar), Portugal, 12-13 junho de 2017
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.21/7830
ISBN: 978-1-911218-37-1
Versão do Editor: http://academiamilitar.pt/17-european-conference-on-digital-government.html
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