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Experimentation at scale: challenges for making urban informatics work

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss how experimentation with open Internet of Things data can be institutionalised in an inclusive manner at scale.

The approach is conceptual, addressing key challenges discussed in the literature on experimental cities. This exposition of the problem of scaling experimentation is anchored in findings from two projects (Dampbusters and OrganiCity), which seek to implement experimentation as a practice of sustainable digital urban development.

One central finding is that local interventions need transferable frameworks and mechanisms to achieve scaling effects of experimentation as a practice. In addition, experimentation must embed common engagement principles, structures of data and interfaces, and governance principles across use cases to be scaled.

The authors outline how and why experimentation can be a useful approach to address challenges of implementing urban informatics into concrete uses and procedures for co-creation. Based on reports from two projects, the authors develop recommendations for experimentation at scale that reflect the need for engagement principles, the need for common data structures and interfaces, as well as governance principles.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSmart and Sustainable Built Environment
Pages (from-to)150-163
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Experimentation, Governance, Internet of Things (IoT), Scale, Smart cities, Urban informatics, SOCIAL INNOVATION, DESIGN, CITY, LANDSCAPE, ACCESS

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