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Citilab Presentation October 2009 - Digital Cities

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Citilab Presentation October 2009 - Digital Cities

  1. 1. The Wisdom of Crowds: Developing Digital Cities Dave Harte Birmingham City University Digital Birmingham [email_address] http://daveharte.com @daveharte
  2. 3. Birmingham Second Life Island
  3. 6. <ul><li>Making Birmingham a digital city for everyone. </li></ul>
  4. 7. Digital Cities - some ingredients <ul><li>First, some theory </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 1: A desire to talk about things </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 2: A social culture </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 3: Data </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Matters </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 4: Some ‘big stuff’ to get angry about </li></ul>
  5. 8. Some theory: We know nothing about the future of technology <ul><li>http://davidszondy.com/future/futurepast.htm </li></ul>McLuhan: Users shape technology use
  6. 9. <ul><li>Future users: </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s what 4 year olds know - a screen that ships without a mouse ships broken </li></ul><ul><li>Clay Shirky </li></ul>
  7. 10. Clay Shirky Cognitive Surplus <ul><li>“ Desperate Housewives essentially functioned as a kind of cognitive heat sink, dissipating thinking that might otherwise have built up and caused society to overheat” </li></ul>
  8. 11. Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus <ul><li>“ Someone working alone, with really cheap tools, has a reasonable hope of carving out enough of the cognitive surplus, enough of the desire to participate , enough of the collective goodwill of the citizens, to create a resource you couldn't have imagined existing even five years ago .” </li></ul>
  9. 13. Some theory <ul><li>Let’s not predict technology use </li></ul><ul><li>Users are a resource </li></ul><ul><li>Little bits of time to create amazing things </li></ul>
  10. 14. Ingredient 1 <ul><li>A DESIRE TO TALK ABOUT THINGS </li></ul>
  11. 18. Ingredient 2 <ul><li>A SOCIAL CULTURE </li></ul>
  12. 19. WXWM - impromptu, self-organising
  13. 20. Social Media Surgeries
  14. 21. <ul><li>http://bevocal.org.uk </li></ul>
  15. 22. <ul><li>BeVocal gives gentle introductions to using data in new ways </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at enhancing understanding of new ways to use internet tools </li></ul>
  16. 23. Ingredient 3 <ul><li>DATA </li></ul>
  17. 24. Timely Information <ul><li>“ RAW DATA NOW” </li></ul>
  18. 26. My raw data
  19. 31. Hacking the City <ul><li>Timely Information for Citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot project ‘Birmingham Open City’ </li></ul><ul><li>National & International profile for local stuff </li></ul>
  20. 32. Some Policy - UK <ul><li>Creative Britain </li></ul><ul><li>We’re better than anyone else, well done. </li></ul><ul><li>Ofcom Public Service Broadcasting review </li></ul><ul><li>People value quality. Quality public broadcasting can be online. </li></ul><ul><li>Power of Information </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector meets active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Push to free up data </li></ul>
  21. 33. The Policy Context <ul><li>Digital Britain </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s get the pipes in place </li></ul><ul><li>Policy recognising shift: </li></ul><ul><li>that’s helpful </li></ul>
  22. 34. Digital Inclusion matters <ul><li>“ Increased awareness would lead to more people engaging in digital participation. Building awareness of what it is possible to do quickly and easily online could encourage greater participation.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ofcom Citizen Participation research) </li></ul>
  23. 35. Ingredient 4 <ul><li>SOME ‘BIG STUFF’ TO GET ANGRY ABOUT </li></ul>
  24. 38. HACKING THE CITY
  25. 39. A digital opportunity: <ul><li>Cognitive surplus + Raw Data = </li></ul><ul><li>new and exciting area of the digital economy </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a business opportunity </li></ul>
  26. 40. But, there’s going to be a fight <ul><li>Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>High margins </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate culture </li></ul><ul><li>Networking culture </li></ul>Charity Cultural Development Amateur Free Civic Pride Grassroots culture Social Culture
  27. 41. A new digital workforce <ul><li>In small companies </li></ul><ul><li>In public sector </li></ul><ul><li>In bedrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Networked </li></ul><ul><li>Showing off </li></ul>
  28. 42. Creating the conditions for a Digital City <ul><li>It is all about the crowd (users, workers, brokers) </li></ul>pic: peteashton
  29. 43. Creating the conditions for a Digital City <ul><li>In-fighting, bickering - it’s all good fun </li></ul>pic: peteashton
  30. 44. Summary <ul><li>Ingredient 1: A desire to talk about things </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 2: A social culture </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 3: Data </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredient 4: Some ‘big stuff’ to get angry about </li></ul><ul><li>= a messy, exciting digital city </li></ul>
  31. 45. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>

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