Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data

Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2015. 'Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data'. In: Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 - Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data. Barcelona, Spain 28 - 30 Oct. 2015. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The essence of a city is its citizens and communities. A city’s infrastructure and associated services play a vital role in citizens' day to day living and their overall quality of life. Traditionally, services are deployed in a top-down approach where authorities, councils and public bodies take a reactive approach to address community needs and concerns. In this paper, we propose our ‘Citizen Observatory’ approach to enable citizens to take a pro active role in the management of their local communities and environment by supporting their engagement in the decision-making process. We discuss how to empower citizens and communities to engage with and assist authorities to establish a more informed understanding of residents’ needs and the status of their local environments. Through the WeSenseIt project, we employ a location-based crowdsourcing and communication strategy to develop a resilient, efficient and collaborative information ecosystem for decision-making in city, urban and rural areas.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


citizen sensing, air pollution, citizen data, practice research, environmental sensing

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1 October 2015Accepted
28 October 2015Completed

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Barcelona, Spain

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28 - 30 Oct. 2015

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17 Jan 2017 12:10

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07 Jul 2017 12:15


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