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Crowdsourcing and Living Labs in Support of Smart Cities' Development


  • Chrysaida-Aliki Papadopoulou

    (National Technical University of Athens, Athens, GR)

  • Maria Giaoutzi

    (National Technical University of Athens, Athens, GR)


The concept of ‘smart cities' has quite recently stimulated an alternative way of approaching urban sustainability through the extensive adoption of ICTs, harmoniously combined with human capital and city's potential in order new patterns of urban development to be generated. Crowdsourcing and living labs serve the goal of being ‘smart' by promoting the establishment of broad cooperative schemes for prototypical ideas generation and innovation production. The present paper focuses on exploring the contribution of crowdsourcing and living labs to smart cities' development. In the first part, the backbone of a smart city is presented; in the second part, a methodological approach integrating smart cities' development with crowdsourcing and living labs is elaborated; in the third part, the role of crowdsourcing in generating prototypical ideas is described; in the fourth part, the potential evaluation and implementation of such ideas in a living lab environment is examined; and finally, some conclusions are drawn.

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  • Chrysaida-Aliki Papadopoulou & Maria Giaoutzi, 2017. "Crowdsourcing and Living Labs in Support of Smart Cities' Development," International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), IGI Global, vol. 6(2), pages 22-38, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jepr00:v:6:y:2017:i:2:p:22-38

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