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dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Pamela J.
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Peter A. 19:41:21 (GMT) 19:41:21 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThis article was first published by Cogitatio in Urban Planning on June 21, 2016, available online: . This article is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
dc.description.abstractAs more and more governments share open data, tech developers respond by creating apps using these data to generate content or provide services that citizens may find useful. More recently, there is an increase in popularity of the civic hackathon. These time-limited events gather tech enthusiasts, government workers and interested citizens, in a collaborative environment to apply government open data in developing software applications that address issues of shared civic importance. Building on the Johnson and Robinson (2014) framework for understanding the civic hackathon phenomenon, Canadian municipal staff with civic hackathon experience were interviewed about their motivations for and benefits derived from participation in these events. Two broad themes emerged from these interviews. First, through the development of prototypical apps using municipal open data and other data sets, civic hackathons help put open data into public use. Second, civic hackathons provide government staff with valuable feedback about municipal open data sets informing and evolving future open data releases. This paper concludes with reflections for urban planners about how civic hackathons might be used in their practice and with recommendations for municipal staff considering using civic hackathons to add value to municipal open data.en
dc.publisherCogitatio Pressen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectcivic hackathonen
dc.subjectcivic technologyen
dc.subjectgeospatial weben
dc.subjectopen dataen
dc.subjectopen governmenten
dc.subjectvolunteered geographic informationen
dc.subjectweb 2.0en
dc.titleCivic Hackathons: New Terrain for Local Government-Citizen Interaction?en
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Environmenten
uws.contributor.affiliation2Geography and Environmental Managementen

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