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LAB Metadecidim - Session 14. decidim.ambCiència: Participation technologies for public policies guided by citizen science

Fàbrica de Creació Fabra i Coats
Carrer de Sant Adrià, 20, 08030 Barcelona
Sala 1 (Tercera Planta)
OpenStreetMap - Carrer de Sant Adrià, 20, 08030 Barcelona
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Official meeting

The creation of public policies is an essential mechanism for institutions to provide services that respond to society's needs and problems. One form of innovation in the design of public policies is scientific advice. The most common formula is to deploy offices of scientifically trained technical teams to gather evidence to guide the decision-making process [1]. There are experiences of this type at different scales in both the legislative [2-6] and executive power [7-9]. However, there is also a broad scientific literature that reflects on the limits and potentials of the relationship between science and democracy, pointing for example to different paradoxes about uncertainty and legitimacy in the use of scientific knowledge, and about the dependence on existing advisory agreements [10-14].

Another form of social innovation in urban policy-making, inspired in part by the need to increase the legitimacy of decision-making, is the co-production of public policies. In this modality, the mobilization and empowerment of social forces makes it possible to build new "capacities" and transform power structures and relations with institutions [15]. However, this model of collaborative governance also poses a great challenge due to the complexity of articulating meeting spaces that build such legitimacy and result in the best public policies, thus generating value for society [16].

At the intersection between science and participation, there is a growing tendency to implement citizen science models in which citizens actively contribute to science, either through their intellectual effort, the knowledge that surrounds them, or with their tools and resources [17]. These different ways in which citizens can participate are in turn different conceptions of citizen science as a political and democratizing element. Faced with the usual "contributory" paradigm that restricts citizen participation to the data collection phase, there is another "co-created" modality with greater collaboration with the citizenry, sustained by the adequacy of materials, the provision of facilitation mechanisms and the promotion of values such as trust, creativity and transparency [18].

Can we imagine scenarios of democratization of the processes of formulation and decision making of public policies? [19]. Barcelona and its metropolitan area constitute an exceptional ecosystem in terms of the co-production of public policies and citizen science initiatives. On the one hand, in recent years the City Council has been promoting key infrastructures such as the Office of Citizen Science [20] and the Municipal Data Office [21], as well as the first Science Biennial to be held in February 2019 [22]. On the other hand, citizen science projects abound from academia and/or research and social innovation entities. Starting from this base and adding the possibilities of Decidim as a free and open platform to articulate participation processes, the objective of the 14th Lab Metadecidim seminar is to explore the use of participation technologies in the co-production of public policies guided by citizen science.


Explore the possibilities of the Decidim platform as a device for the creation of public policies guided by citizen science.


  • What are the main potentialities and risks of using citizen science models for the generation of public policies?
  • How can Decidim provide tools for citizen participation for the co-production of public policies supported by citizen science processes?
  • What functionalities of Decidim would facilitate the different phases of a citizen science project?
  • What needs of research communities are not covered by the current (or developing) functionalities of Decidim?
  • How can Decidim dynamize and provide the participating communities with communication, coordination and decision-making mechanisms?
  • What other free digital tools are of interest in the context of citizen science and should be integrated in Decidim?
  • What are the limits of digital participation in citizen science projects? How can Decidim take advantage of these limits? How can Decidim strengthen the connection between digital and face-to-face?


Oficina Ciència Ciutadana de Barcelona
Oficina de Ciència Ciutadana de Barcelona - Connectar recerca amb reptes i inquietuds dels ciutadans
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Open Systems - Universitat de Barcelona
Decidim amb Ciència Open Systems - Universitat de Barcelona
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User Profiles _ Decidim Ciència
Retorn Dinàmica Co-Creació - Perfils d'Usuari Decidim Ciència
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Innovation Model Canvas Decidim Ciencia
Retorn Dinàmica Co-Creació Decidim Ciència Model Canvas
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PART I. Inspiration [11:00 - 12:30]

Introduction of the session.


  • Marius Boada, Oficina Municipal de Dades - Ajuntament de Barcelona
  • Elisabetta Broglio, Oficina de Ciència Ciutadana - Ajuntament de Barcelona
  • Josep Perelló, OpenSystems - Universitat de Barcelona
  • Nora Salas Seoane - Fundacion Ibercivis

Collective debate with "zero row":

  • Laia Forné, Ajuntament de Barcelona
  • Enric Senabre, Dimmons - IN3/UOC
  • Mara Balestrini, Ideas for Change
  • Ramón Sangüesa, myData
  • Concepción de Linares, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Xose Quiroga, Hangar (IMVEC)
  • Julià Vicens, OpenSystems - Universitat de Barcelona
  • Oleguer Sagarra, Dribia
  • Narcís Prat, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Laia Sánchez, Citilab
  • Yuni Salazar, iGOP - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Break [12:30 - 13:00]

PART II. Co-Creation in common [13:00 - 15:00]

Working groups


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