Urban Voice Cambodia – Lim Socheat


Urban Voice is whatever you want it to be! A source of information, a site for civic engagement, an analytical tool, a mapping tool… Urban Voice is for the people, by the people. You can highlight an issue, event or location important to you! Submit reports, create maps by layering different categories, browse the Reports and Statistics page to find out more information… Phnom Penh is developing at an alarming rate – can you keep up? Urban Voice is resource for the citizens of Phnom Penh to develop however they see fit. Through the use of Open Data, Crowdsourcing and Crowd Mapping Urban Voice is able to track and visualize the many different interests of the citizens of Phnom Penh.

What is Open Data?
Open Data, according to Wikipedia is, “the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
What is Crowdsourcing?
Crowdscourcing is the decentralization of sourcing information. Whereas traditionally one specific person or agent is asked to research or provide information, crowdsourcing opens up the sourcing of information to the crowd – the public. In our case, rather than have individuals research specific development issues in Phnom Penh, we want the citizens of Phnom Penh to tell us what is important to them, what they are affected by and care about. This way the people of Phnom Penh can become more involved in the development of their environment and take ownership of their city!
Who is the Crowd?
The Crowd is anyone and everyone. If you live, work, play or are merely traveling through Phnom Penh then you’re part of the Crowd and we want to hear from you. You can contribute as much or as little as you like, but it’s through the help of people like you that Urban Voice has come to be a reality.
Are you only in Phnom Penh, or do you cover others areas of Cambodia?
Currently Urban Voice only monitors the Phnom Penh. Cambodia is large enough that at the moment Urban Voice needs to focus on the issues concerning the capital first.
Will to expand to other cities in Phnom Penh?
It’s a very distinct possibility and one that Urban Voice is always considering. However, as Urban Voice is a relatively new project we want to make sure that it’s up in running in Phnom Penh first. Not to mention that we have plans for further development of Urban Voice and the site.