Improving Citizenship Engagement Through Open Government Data: City of Toronto Case

By Derya Kici, Julia Lowe and Brie Smith.

Published by Journal of Technologies in Society

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Published online: June 3, 2015 $US5.00

Toronto is hosting every year some of the biggest and most celebrated cultural festivals in the world. However, getting to these festivals is often easier said than done, and usually requires careful planning and orchestration. This study includes the design process of The Get to the Fest! (GTTF) app offers a one-stop solution to the logistical problems that surrounding planning to attend Toronto festivals and events. GTTF is designed by using a mash-up of open datasets made available by the City of Toronto. By using this open data along with geo-mapping data, we plan to create an app that enables users to quickly and easily find the best routes to Toronto festivals. We created low-fidelity, paper-and-pencil prototypes to take users through the full experience of using the Get To The Fest! App following design-based research approach (Wang & Hannafin, 2005). Finally, we conducted seven user trials for GTTF and evaluated feedbacks from the users.

Keywords: Open Data, Cultural Festivals, Citizenship Engagement

Journal of Technologies in Society, Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.11-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 479.789KB)).

Derya Kici

Graduate Assistant, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Julia Lowe

Graduate Assistant, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Julia Lowe is a Graduate Assistant at University of Toronto.

Brie Smith

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brie Smith is a Graduate Assistant at University of Toronto.