Partizipation - Kollaborativ und Multimedial (PaKOMM)

Digital public participation has become a fixed format in democratic societies. Although early, comprehensive, and transparent involvement is key for successful planning processes, there are only a few encouraging experiments of multimedia participation approaches. Existing ones are often not tailored to the needs of the citizens. The application of different forms of representations, such as thematic maps, diagrams, aerial photographs, videos, and animations, so far is only used isolated.

This project addresses this issue by developing application-specific integrative solutions. Besides CityScopes, we primarily rely on mixed reality approaches via smartphones, tablets, and head-mounted displays, as they can improve spatial imagination and create experiences that are sharable in real-time. Following the goal to create an intuitive and accessible application that appeals equally to young technophile users as well as older generations, gamification elements will be introduced into the process, too.

Since increasing citizen contributions exceed the evaluation capacity of planning offices, procedures of Machine Learning or Natural Language Processing assist in extracting relevant core statements quickly. In the long term, PaKOMM contributes to more effective and efficient decision-making in collaborative participation processes.

This joint research project combines the expertise of the FTZ Digital Reality of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the City Science Lab as well the g2lab (both from HCU). The project is funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG).

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