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Problems and Purpose
The Citizen Participation and Open Government Application project seeks to integrate the functionalities of the CONSUL software (used as the basis of the Madrid City Council's decide.Madrid.es platform) and EMAPIC (opinions geolocation web service). With integration, it is intended to increase the intelligent management of citizen participation, emphasizing the spatial and geographical component of participation.The original version of CONSUL is used by various government institutions in Spain and is also used by other agents such as political parties. internal to manage proposals from its members. EMAPIC can be used publicly with specific projects like Geomove that use its geolocated survey engine.
Background History and Context
Developed by the Madrid City Council, it began in 2015 on July 15. The code was deployed in production on September 7, 2015 for decide.madrid.es. Since then, new features are added often. More information can be found in the project's public repository on GitHub.
In addition, since then other cities such as A Coruña or Barcelona have put their own version of CONSUL into production.
Developed by the cartography laboratory (CartoLab) of the Higher Technical School of Engineering of Roads, Canals and Ports of the University of A Coruña, it began as an internal prototype in 2014 that grew to become the current web application at the end of 2015. More information can be found on the official website and in the project's public repository on GitHub.
There are also specific projects developed using the EMAPIC platform as a base, such as Geomove.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
University of A Coruña through CartoLab by EMAPIC, Madrid City Council by CONSUL. Medialab-Prado, through its call for Collective Intelligence for Democracy, allowed to begin to establish contacts between both institutions and to carry out the development of the first prototype.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
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Methods and Tools Used
The original code for both projects, along with other sources of information such as README files or reported code problems, can be viewed in their respective repositories:
The first prototype of this connection between both applications made it possible to geolocate the support for the proposals, being able to see both the individual positions and the support added by neighborhood or district, also allowing these areas to be colored according to the percentage of support shown by their population.
For the future, it is proposed to add the geolocation of the proposals themselves, expanding the functionality with line and polygonal elements, being able to delimit, for example, a section of a street or a group of blocks as the area affected by the proposal. This would also allow filtering by areas of the city in a more precise way than is currently done based on the names of districts contained in the text of the proposal.
The integration of this geolocation of support in the participatory budgeting module could also be considered.
The specific developments made so far for the integration can be seen in the following branches of the repositories on GitHub:
An improvement ticket has also been created in CONSUL related to the functionality provided by this connection of both applications: https://github.com/consul/consul/issues/1280
For now, the developments made are not yet in the production versions of either platform.
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The original version of CONSUL is used by various government institutions in Spain, such as Madrid, A Coruña or Barcelona. Other agents such as political parties also use it internally to manage proposals from their members.
EMAPIC can be used publicly through its official website. There are also specific projects like Geomove that use its geolocated survey engine.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
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Analysis and Lessons Learned
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- https://github.com/Ay AyuntamientoMadrid/consul