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The Role of the Creation and Sharing of Digital Media Content in Participatory E-Planning


  • Joanna Saad-Sulonen

    (Aalto University, Finland)


Participatory e-planning research and practice has focused on the institutional context of citizen participation in urban planning. Thus, it has mostly addressed the use and development of tools that support modes of participation compatible with the existing urban planning or governance processes. The author argues that another type of participation exists, which is also relevant to the development of participatory e-planning. This type of participation emerges from the practices associated with the creation and sharing of digital content, which are afforded by new media technologies. This article defines participatory e-planning as the site of active stakeholder involvement, not only in the traditional collaborative urban planning activities, but also in the co-production and sharing of media content, as well as in the configuration of the supporting technologies. By examining three cases of participatory e-planning in Helsinki, the author answers the following questions: What kinds of activities associated with the creation and sharing of digital media content take place in the context of participatory e-planning? What are the consequences of these activities for urban planning processes? What are the consequences of these activities for the technological development for participatory e-planning?

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  • Joanna Saad-Sulonen, 2012. "The Role of the Creation and Sharing of Digital Media Content in Participatory E-Planning," International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), IGI Global, vol. 1(2), pages 1-22, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jepr00:v:1:y:2012:i:2:p:1-22

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