This week I’m participating in TICTeC2016: The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2016. This (second) edition of the conference is being held in World Trade Center of Barcelona and focuses on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having upon citizens, decision makers and governments around the world. The event gathers people from academic and applied backgrounds interested in the civic technology landscape, and I certainly had the chance to meet really interesting people from different institutions such as g0v.tw, Regards Citoyens, MIT Center for Civic Media, European University Institute, or Kings College London.
My talk “From citizen data to the wisdom of crowds: assessing the success of Decide Madrid” covered the latest research work conducted within D-CENT project. In particular, I presented the data visualisation performed on Decide Madrid to evaluate the platform, as well as the assessment of this political participation process.
As exposed before, I strongly believe that the results from data visualization should motivate the integration of these capabilities in platforms for digital participation in order to turn citizen data into the wisdom of the crowds. Indeed, these ideas are part of the motivation of my PhD project, supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the María de Maeztu Units of Excellence Programme (MDM-2015-0502).