Partizipation - Kollaborativ und Multimedial (PaKOMM)

Digital public participation has proved itself as a valuable format in democratic societies. Although early, comprehensive, and transparent involvement leads to greater acceptance and more efficient administrative processes, there are only a few encouraging experiments of multimedia participation approaches. Existing ones are often not directed at the needs of the citizens using different forms of representations, such as thematic maps, diagrams, aerial photographs, videos, and animations discretely.

The PaKOMM (Participation - Collaborative and Multimedia) project addresses this issue by developing application-specific integrative solutions. Along with assessing gamification elements to increase motivation, an emphasis is placed on creating an intuitive and accessible application that appeals equally to young technophile users as well as older generations. We investigate workflows and multimedia forms of visualization that scale depending on the questions posed, the collaboration scenario, and the end device used. Besides CityScopes, we primarily rely on mixed reality approaches via smartphone and Head-Mounted-Displays, as they can improve spatial imagination and create experiences that are sharable in real-time and superimpose on reality on-site.

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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