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Participatory governance in smart cities: The urbanAPI case study

Soomro, Kamran; Khan, Zaheer; Ludlow, David

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Dr Kamran Soomro
Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Zaheer Khan
Professor in Computer Science

David Ludlow
Professor in European Smart Cities


Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. This paper presents some results from an EU FP7 RTD project urbanAPI, in which three ICT applications target different aspects of participatory urban governance. The 3D Scenario Creator allows urban planners to visualise urban development proposals in three dimensions, share them with different stakeholders and obtain their feedback. The Mobility Explorer allows urban land use and transport planners to visualise and analyse population distribution and mobility patterns in the city. Finally, the Urban Development Simulator simulates socio-economic activity in response to alternative planning scenarios. These urbanAPI ICT applications are implemented in four pilot cities; Vienna (Austria), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Bologna (Italy) and Ruse (Bulgaria), and evaluated with respect to their various requirements. Results show that the applications are useful tools, enhancing spatial planning assessements, and enabling public participation, communicating proposed plans to different stakeholders and identifying key development issues which can provide crucial inputs in planning and decision making processes.


Soomro, K., Khan, Z., & Ludlow, D. (2017). Participatory governance in smart cities: The urbanAPI case study. International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 23(5-6), 419-444.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 3, 2018
Publication Date Dec 31, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 17, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2018
Journal International Journal of Services, Technology and Management
Print ISSN 1460-6720
Electronic ISSN 1741-525X
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 5-6
Pages 419-444
Keywords smart cities, participatory governance, urbanapi
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