Screenshot Planetizen Best Websites of 2016 – showing Brand New Subway game.
Planetizen is a great source of information about all things urban planning. Their annual best of lists are particularly good. This year’s best websites 2016 were just published and they include several related to crowdsourcing and transport. For example the cover photo is Jason Wright’s Brand New Subway game, which is one of our favourite Transport Games.
CitizenSpring is a great example of how to use sensors and mapping to crowdsource data collection. The Planetizen interview has lots of good information for anyone interested in using sensors to crowdsource.
SeeClickFix a leader in developing applications and software allowing residents to report issues (crowdsourcing) to governments and agencies just celebrated it’s 2,000,000-th reported issue. Ben Berkowitz, the founder of SeeClickFix, just posted (2015) a short history of SeeClickFix and announced a new feature they are developing (expected 2016) that will allow the people reporting issues to communicate directly with each other to solve problems. Right now SeeClickFix describes issues on maps (and to local governments that subscribe to its feed) but does not provide tools for people to interact. Sounds like a great new feature for a fantastic application.
Screenshot from original SimCity game on Commodore 651 – illustration from ArsTechnica article.
Richard Moss has written an excellent history of city planning (building) games in Ars Technica. It’s great to see how city planning games have evolved and some of the ideas developers have implemented over the years. Lots of lessons for taking city games further. Full article: “From SimCity to, Well, SimCity: The History of City-Building Games”