The city of Oviedo, capital of Spain’s Principality of Asturias, in December unveiled Oviedoparticipa.es. This citizen participation and open government platform is based on Madrid’s decide.madrid.es platform, which is available as open source software.
Oviedo’s citizen participation platform aims to give citizens the chance to get involved in the city’s decision making, explains Ana Taboada, the city's deputy mayor, in an article published on the news site Asturias42. The platform offers an alternative to public management, she writes.
The platform allows citizens to monitor and evaluate public policies, and can help modernise government. “Oviedoparticipa.es is to become the agora of citizenship and open government”, the deputy mayor writes.
Madrid is making the code of its citizen participation platform available on Github. The software is published under the Affero GPL v3. Development of the platform started last July. Decide.Madrid.es was unveiled on 7 September. Madrid’s platform takes inspiration from citizen participation initiatives in Finland and Iceland.
According to a report published on 18 January by TNI, an activist think tank, several other Spanish cities are considering to reuse Madrid’s platform, including Barcelona, Zaragoza, La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. "And many others", confirmed Madrid city council member Pablo Soto.