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Open data and geotechnology to empower the engagement of young people in youth policies


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A presentation at the International Geographic Union in Quebec City, Canada on 8th August 2018 about the YouthMetre Project and its role of empowering youth with access to open geographic information and in enabling people politics through a data dashboard. The YouthMetre project ( encourages youth to engage in European Youth Policy.

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Open data and geotechnology to empower the engagement of young people in youth policies

  1. 1. Open data and geotechnology to empower the engagement of young people in youth policies in Europe
  2. 2. European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) Karl Donert, President EUROGEO,
  3. 3. Smart Geography Conference: Sofia, Bulgaria, 2-4 November 2018 100th anniversary, Bulgarian Geography Society
  4. 4. Teaching Geography in challenging times Annual Meeting: Paris 14-16 March 2019
  5. 5. Hidden Geographies Conference: Ljublijana, Slovenia 31 August – 2 September 2019 100th anniversary of the Slovenia Geographical Association Details soon at
  6. 6. Empowering Youth in Policy Making
  7. 7. A world of geographic information
  8. 8. Cloud Computing
  9. 9. Disruptive Innovation
  10. 10. Environment: Creativity, Engagement, Open Data JRC (2012) "Challenges of implementing Creative Classrooms practices”,, eTwinning conference, Tampere Finland
  11. 11.
  12. 12. Barriers to participation
  13. 13. Structured Dialogue mutual communication process for discussions between young people and policy makers local and regional policy consultation, cooperation
  14. 14. YouthMetre Challenge Online resources / training materials - v. soon Training for Local Authorities - Nov 2017 Training for NGOs - January 2018 MACRO level MESO level MiCRO level
  15. 15. Young people are heard Young people give their opinion Views taken into account Involved in decision making Participatory Engagement (after Hart, 1992)
  16. 16. Research & data sets
  17. 17. 20 Key Findings
  18. 18. 15 Study Groups
  19. 19. YouthMetre Key features: •dashboard of European data on Youth •database of good practice initiatives •Crowdmap of proposed initiatives •use of GeoCitizen app •training of multipliers (youth) •training with stakeholders multi-platform access to youth data
  20. 20. Youth Development Index Based on 87 indicators Related to youth well-being NUTS 3 level
  21. 21. GeoCitizen App
  22. 22. information inspiration interaction implementation
  23. 23. YouthMetre Training Resources / training materials available online Non formal learning approaches
  24. 24. European Commission (2015), Creating Value Through Open Data
  25. 25. Barriers to participation
  26. 26. YouthMetre: What lessons? • Structured Dialogue - process • Need long-term commitment • Changing relationships between youth and decision makers • Many EU initiatives – not learning lessons • Action for change – not tokenism • Maintain the data quality on youth
  27. 27. Web: Newsletter: Email: Twitter: @youthmetre
  28. 28. Karl Donert @karldonert @eurogeography Karl Donert @karldonert @eurogeography