Collecting Distributed Knowledge For Community’s Smart Changes

  • Alessandro Sciullo Ires Piemonte
  • Sylvie Occelli Ires Piemonte
Keywords: policy innovation, socio technical system, crowd-sourcing, collective learning

Abstract

The paper deals with the role of ICT in innovating government’s and the whole process of “policy production process”.
By enhancing the connections between various governmental and social organizations, ICT supported knowledge flow s and the associated Socio  Technical System may  be a vehicle to support innovation in the public sector. In fact, they would enable governments to better cope with the uncertainties of a complex environment.
The MIDA Project carried out in the territory of Asti Province (Piedmont) can be considered as an attempt to engage in building such as a system.
The Project uses a crowd sourcing approach and it involves citizens in collecting data concerning broadband coverage, Internet access and usages. 
From a research standpoint, MIDA represented an opportunity to test the role of Internet as a dynamic collaborative environment where statistically relevant data and interpreted information could be merged.
In terms of policy, the project stood as an opportunity for the local government to engage itself in a new policy approach to grasp people’s needs and improve service delivery.

The paper deals with the role of ICT in innovating government’s and the whole process of “policy production process”.

By enhancing the connections between various governmental and social organizations, ICT supported knowledge flow s and the associated Socio  Technical System may  be a vehicle to support innovation in the public sector. In fact, they would enable governments to better cope with the uncertainties of a complex environment.

The MIDA Project carried out in the territory of Asti Province (Piedmont) can be considered as an attempt to engage in building such as a system.

The Project uses a crowd sourcing approach and it involves citizens in collecting data concerning broadband coverage, Internet access and usages. 

From a research standpoint, MIDA represented an opportunity to test the role of Internet as a dynamic collaborative environment where statistically relevant data and interpreted information could be merged.

In terms of policy, the project stood as an opportunity for the local government to engage itself in a new policy approach to grasp people’s needs and improve service delivery.

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Author Biographies

Alessandro Sciullo, Ires Piemonte

After graduating in Political Science, in 2003 he obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis. Since then he has worked part in several research projects aimed to support organizational improvement  in different Italian governmental bodies. His main research interests are in the field of public administration, ICT diffusion and use among social actors, innovation networks and the relationships between university and enterprises.

Sylvie Occelli, Ires Piemonte

She holds a laurea in Architecture and Regional Planning. In 1987 she joined started working for the Institute for of the Socio-Economic Research Institute of Piedmont and she is currently leading a research unit aimed at fostering innovation in public administrations. She has published in various fields of regional science, ranging from housing, transportation, mobility urban modeling and spatial analysis. Current research interests include: road safety policy, ICT and regional development and the role of model-based activity as a way to support modernization in policy practices.

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Published
2013-11-30
How to Cite
Sciullo, A., & Occelli, S. (2013). Collecting Distributed Knowledge For Community’s Smart Changes. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 6(3), 293-309. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/1931