Implications of open urban data on the social production of space and urban land policies

Theodorou Constantina, “Implications of open urban data on the social production of space and urban land policies
The real-estate applications effect”, Hybrid City 3- Data to the People International Conference, September 2015, Athens

The Open Government Data movement is gaining rapidly a strong momentum fuelled by the first economic statistics on it.  Till now main criticism  on OGD concerned on social discriminations and exclusions produced by their illegible technological format. Free government databases are practically available and accessible by the wide  public only through third party apps which now compete in offering the most readable visualization of them. This paper examines whether this app- enabled accessibility to a wide range of geospatial data can enhance socio-spatial segregation too. Navigating through third party apps which intervene immediately in socio-spatial procedures it focuses on real estate related apps. They are examined by the location indexes that are used to describe an area and the ways in which being easily accessed by the public may trigger phenomena of socio-spatial segregation. What comes as a result is that direct economic benefit of the app developer and the implicit t benefit of the potential user is  transferred as a long-term negative balance in real space concluding mainly in high-rocketing social segregation.


Keywords: real-estate apps; neighbourhood stigma; open government data; geospatial data

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