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Lessons Learned: The Multifaceted Field of (Digital) Neighborhood Development

  • In a cross-national project, 14 neighborhoods from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were accompanied on their way to digitally supported neighborhood work. This paper discusses general requirements, choosing a suitable digital tool, the implementation process as well as the challenges faced by the various stakeholders. The following factors have been found to play a major role in sustainable neighborhood work: good fit with overall development strategy, interplay between online neighborhood work and physical interactions, strong existing neighborhood management structures, strategic planning of digitalization activities, start-up funding for innovation activities, and above all, the presence of a committed person or team as well as interesting content to attract users. Depending on the neighborhood, self-managed and individualistic solutions are preferred to generic and/or commercial solutions. There is no ‘fit-for-all’ path to sustainable digitally supported neighborhoods.

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Author:Madeleine RenyiORCiDGND, Anna Hegedüs, Paul Schmitter, Fabian Berger, Thomas M. Ballmer, Edith Maier, Christophe KunzeORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):The Journal of Community Informatics
Document Type:Article (peer-reviewed)
Year of Completion:2022
Release Date:2022/02/01
Page Number:23
Open-Access-Status: Open Access 
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-SA - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International