Title: Public knowledge based online participation system for ubiquitous-city (U-city)

Authors: Tae-Heon Moon; Sun-Young Heo

Addresses: Department of Urban Engineering, ERI, Gyeongsang National University, 900 Gazwa, Jinju City, Gyeongnam 660-701, Korea ' Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Gyeongsang National University, 900 Gazwa, Jinju City, Gyeongnam 660-701, Korea

Abstract: This paper investigated the ways in which a newly developed 'online public participation system' (OPPS) underpins the process of formulating a Ubiquitous City (U-City) master plan in Korea. Although U-City is an innovative and flexible concept for the future city, local governments in Korea are yet to find a way in which the old cities effectively transform to U-Cities. The key idea of the OPPS system is that U-City planning should be carried out through public participation with diverse entities and public knowledge rather than a classic 'top-down' planning process based on a closed system mainly driven by planning experts and decision-makers. The major goal of this study therefore is to show how a theoretical public participation model can be adopted to the OPPS. This study found that the OPPS plays an important role in formulating the U-City's long-term master plan by allowing diverse entities to participate the U-City planning process in anytime and anywhere.

Keywords: ubiquitous cities; u-cities; online participation systems; Web 2.0; public knowledge; u-services; public participation; Korea; local government; urban planning; e-participation; ICT; ubiquitous computing; ubiquitous services; e-governance; electronic governance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2013.054090

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2013 Vol.4 No.2, pp.126 - 140

Available online: 20 May 2013 *

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