The Future of Local Memory Websites as Empowering Niches in Amsterdam

Mike de Kreek, Marijke Oosterbroek

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In this article, we explain how we envision the further interconnection of existing initiatives of online local memory collecting into a new social infrastructure, that is beneficial to the whole of Amsterdam. Three examples of local memory websites show how large districts in the East, South and West are represented thoroughly by local residents, in spite of differences in organizational characteristics. The concept of empowerment, as a multilevel construct, lends itself to frame these examples as important building blocks of socially sustainable districts and neighborhoods. Local knowledge, experiences and people become connected across Amsterdam when local memory websites become interconnected, by introducing city-wide compelling themes. Discussing this social infrastructure in relation to the concept of smart cities, leads us to a plea for more research focus on sociably smart cities. 
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
EditorsJuan A. Botía, Dimitris Charitos
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781614992868
ISBN (Print)9781614992851
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments - Athens, Greece
Duration: 16 Jul 201319 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameAmbient Intelligence and Smart Environments
ISSN (Print)1875-4163
ISSN (Electronic)1875-4171


Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
Abbreviated titleIE '13


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