What tools web known better citizens?


We think the public

If when planning a street, an education center, a health center, sports facilities, a work planning, etc., think of the needs of citizens, so we must do if it is to introduce a system transparency and citizen participation.

When choosing a software solution that citizens should use to inform themselves, engage actively with proposals, debates, live chats, multimedia contributions, surveys, electronic voting, etc. We must think about tools simple and fast to implement, easy to use and learn, and, if possible, that the same people already know and have used or are currently using. Enumerating these features and add some more:

► Fast implementation.

► Simplicity of use.

► Ease of learning.

► Possibility of collaboration

► Familiarity advance.

► Reliability and safety.

Based on these characteristics, we do ourselves some simple questions:


What tools web known better citizens?

If we speak of desktop tools, possibly reply to Word or Excel. But talking about online tools for citizen participation. In this case, environments are related to Google, for now, are more powerful and use worldwide.

Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sites, Suite G, Google Translator, Google Maps, etc. tools are widely used by citizens, and few who do not have their own Google Account.

Another advantage of the tools Google is the ease of integration with other tools because, unlike the policies of other software companies, Google knows that open environments offer better prospects than closed or restricted.


What tools are used in schools and colleges, starting new citizens to participate in social life?

Google has been concerned, for many years, to provide collaborative tools and free schools, colleges and universities worldwide, thus facilitating learning and teamwork million students, teachers and parents worldwide.

Teachers, parents, but especially students, are aware of these tools provide enormous help in their learning and therefore in their lives. So do not hesitate in the future, many today, to incorporate them into their daily lives, in their families, groups of friends with common interests and, of course, to work for those already able to make decisions about new technologies.

If future generations are prepared and willing to use Suite G, this would certainly be a gamble to be taken into account when assessing what platform to provide our citizens to inform them and encourage them to participate.


What are the tools that can more easily learn those who are not yet familiar with the new technologies?

Thinking about the people, by age, socio-economic status or any other kind, have not had access to new technologies, what tools would be most suitable for them?

► Tools simple and easy to learn.

► Tools with a large number of users, with many manuals, tutorials, videos and training materials, usually accessible.

► Applications relatives or friends can help them resolve any doubts or learn from scratch.

► Tools training at a cost affordable. As most popular software, learning is more affordable in every sense.

► tools with which they can practice at home at no cost.


Now we think of others, we can think of us

Any of the approaches described above is applicable to an institution or association you need to implement a system of transparency and citizen participation. In addition, if your internal operations need certain processes such as web services dedicated to Open Data or integration with other systems, we can use G Suite Script, a language 100% compatible with JavaScript, currently programming language most used by the developer community. Therefore, it will be easy to find a nearby programmer can develop a utility to resolve any particular need.



Issue 1 (04/07/2016)

written by

Joaquim Iborra Posadas


Ignacio Baixauli Quiles