A socio-technical perspective on urban analytics: the case of city-scale digital twins

T. Nochta, Li Wan, J. M. Schooling, A. K. Parlikad

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates that a shift from a purely technical to a more socio-technical perspective has significant implications for the conceptualization, design, and implementation of smart city technologies. Such implications are discussed and illustrated through the case of an emerging urban analytics tool, the City-scale Digital Twin. Based on interdisciplinary insights and a participatory knowledge co-production and tool co-development process, including both researchers and prospective users, we conclude that in order to move beyond a mere “hype technology,” City-Scale Digital Twins must reflect the specifics of the urban and socio-political context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-287
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Urban Technology
Volume18
Issue number1-2
Early online date14 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Digital twins
  • urban modeling
  • urban governance
  • socio-technical perspective

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