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Engaging with the Smart City Through Urban Data Games

Wolff, Annika; Valdez Juarez, Alan; Barker, Matthew; Potter, Stephen; Gooch, Daniel; Giles, Emilie and Miles, John (2017). Engaging with the Smart City Through Urban Data Games. In: Nijholt, Anton ed. Playable Cities: The City as a Digital Playground. Gaming Media and Social Effects (1). Springer, pp. 47–66.

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This chapter will explore how gamification can be used to motivate citizens to engage with data about their city. Through two case studies, we aim to show how prompting hands-on experiences with urban data can improve data literacy and ultimately increase citizen participation in urban innovation and the co-creation of smart city apps. The first case study presents a game called ‘Turing’s Treasure’ designed to elicit design features and data from the players for MotionMap, an interactive map that improves the planning of travel through different modes of transport around Milton Keynes, UK. The second case study describes the outcome of several creative and competitive app design sessions that have been conducted with school children in London and Milton Keynes. We conclude by discussing where we think this field is heading in the future and what additional benefits this will bring.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
MK:SMART, an integrated innovation and training programme leveraging large-scale city data to drive economic growth (Q-13-037-EM)H04HEFCE
Keywords: smart city; games; data literacy; transport
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 47326
Depositing User: Annika Wolff
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 08:05
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:49
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