What are People Talking About?

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How the society appreciate new parks or parking lots? It is important to involve people in the process of making and implementing decisions and gets their opinion, to maintain sustainable development of the territory.

Natural zoning, ranked on a scale of people’s emotional perception, Omsk 2016

A large-scale social study was carried out using a web application. Residents could draw and describe the areas of city where they spend most of their time.

This information were used in the project of the Omsk city master plan, and formed the basis for planning a network of local sub-centers. This work was carried out jointly with the Institute of Territorial Planning “Grad”.

Web application for collecting characteristics of the territory

Many categories have been set up to collect information. Using these categories users were able to describe the city positively or negatively, for example:

  • good for walking and rest;
  • safe area;
  • a nice place;
  • landscaped area;
  • fresh air;
  • no problems with lighting;
  • developed social infrastructure;
  • clean yard;
  • cool playgrounds;
  • great public space;
  • convenient transportation;
  • accessible environment;
  • no garbage problem.

With the help of Geometa, these data were processed and used both to evaluate and improve the work of city services and to plan the urban transformation process.

Today, such information is also validated through the processing of open data (including social networks). We conducted similar studies in Kazan.

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