|February 2004||click para versão portuguesa|
CITIDEP is a private, non-profit, multi-national research institution, whose primary objective is to study participatory democracy, in particular through the research, development and demonstration of new information technologies, of its impacts, and of ethical, social, political and planning frameworks that enable participatory mechanisms in the information society.
CITIDEP has its headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal, European Union, but it is open to researchers from any country in the world, through national chapters and multi-national research clusters.
CITIDEP was created in September 1996 and has currently about 90 affiliates in 10 countries, with 3 organized chapters (Portugal, USA and Mexico) and another soon to be (France). All Chapters share common objectives, principles and by-laws, as well as research goals, but are otherwise autonomous.
CITIDEP has a particular aptitude for applied research, based on national and multinational multidisciplinary teams. We face the challenge of combining research on technology and engineering with research on social sciences and humanities, keeping a focus on participatory democracy and information technologies; and the no lesser challenge of linking such research to concrete measures in support of the civil society.
Reflecting our profile as a Research Center, among our membership we count 20 Ph.D.'s (17 of which are Faculty members in Universities), 12 Ph.D. candidates, 23 holding a Master degree, and 2 Master degree candidates. About 70% of our membership is actively engaged in research.
Reflecting also our commitment to link research to praxis in society, many CITIDEP members are professionals with responsibilities in both the private and public sectors; some of them are leading activists of major Non-Governmental Organizations.
Our associates have a rich and diverse background, including: Political Science, Planning, Economy, Business, Management, Communications, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Environmental Engineering, Biology, Social Service, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy, Pedagogy, Literature, among others.
To pursue its objectives, CITIDEP proposes to:
a) Organize and develop disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary studies and research projects;
b) Offer grants for research and study, including for masters and doctoral study, and host and orient grantees of the Center itself or other institutions;
c) Collaborate with educational institutions to develop new curriculum materials relating new information technologies and participatory democracy;
d) Sponsor and collaborate with other scientific institutions in the holding of colloquia, conferences, and seminars, with the aim of fostering debate and furthering knowledge on these issues;
e) Promote and collaborate in training activities;
f) Constitute a Documentation Center, with access to international computer networks;
g) Contribute to research and development of computer-based tools that support participatory democracy;
h) Inform public opinion and raise public awareness, through its own publications, including international ones, and through the general mass media;
i) Provide services that help to promote participatory democracy, as well as related research and development activities;
j) Promote and collaborate in initiatives that lead to legislative reform in the area of new technologies and participatory democracy;
k) Collaborate with public institutions, such as national, regional and local administrations and parliaments, as well as federative multinational institutions such as the European Parliament, United Nations, and others;
l) Support individual citizens and citizens' groups in processes of public consultation, namely in environmental impact reviews, land use plans and city master plans.
(From CITIDEP Constitution)
CITIDEP Science Council
CITIDEP Research Clusters and Domains
Research Cluster "Supporting Areas"
Research Cluster "Information Areas"
Research Cluster "Social Areas"
|Research and Projects (examples)||Research and Projects (examples)|
Melvin King, PhD H., Prof. Emeritus MIT, Urban Studies and Planning, leads the "South End Technology Center" Project at Tent City, Boston, an experiment to provide free or low-cost community acess to information technology.
Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, PhD Planning, coordinates the IMS Project (Intelligent Multimedia System), developing prototypes and researching the use of new information technologies in public and expert participation for Environmental Impact Reviews
Manuel Antunes, PhD 'ABD' Sociology, coordinates the user survey in the Public Access to Environmental Information Project (PAEI), for the Lisbon / Tagus Valley Regional Administration of the Portuguese Environmental Ministry.
Expert Panel working session for the IMS Project
Pedro Borges, Student Electronic Eng., implements the Public Access via Web to Air Quality Data, for Lisbon and Barreiro/Seixal's Air Management Commission, using CGI technology for Internet Graph Data.
José Portela, PhD Internet and Pedagogy, leads research on the Use of Internet as Teaching Aid, heading a "Competence Center" under the Nónio Program, in Viana do Castelo (IPVC), and is a scientific adviser for the Citizenship Kit Project Proposal
João Joanaz de Melo, PhD Environment, coordinates research in the area of Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development, and the Institutional Cooperation between CITIDEP and DCEA-FCT/UNL, such as ICPPIT99.
More documentation and other information relative to these and other projects, is available at CITIDEP Web site: