Publications

Academic publications

  • Barandiaran, X. E. (2019). Tecnopolítica, municipalismo y radicalización democrática. In L. Roth, A. Monterde, & A. Calleja-López (Eds.), Ciudades Democráticas. La revuelta municipalista en el ciclo post-15M (pp. 173–207). Icaria. http://ciudadesdemocraticas.tecnopolitica.net/

  • Barandiaran, X. E., Monterde, A., & Pin, G. (2016a). Decidim.barcelona: autonomia, participació i programari lliure. In Xarxaip (Ed.), Programari lliure i de codi obert-Societat lliure i govern obert. (pp. 31–32).

  • Barandiaran, X. E., Monterde, A., & Pin, G. (2016b). Decidim.barcelona: autonomía, participación y software libre - Software libre. In Xarxaip (Ed.), Programari lliure i de codi obert-Societat lliure i govern obert. (pp. 31–32). http://softwarelibre.xarxaip.cat/18.html

  • Aragón, P., Kaltenbrunner, A., Calleja-López, A., Pereira, A., Monterde, A., Barandiaran, X. E., & Gómez, V. (2017). Deliberative Platform Design: The Case Study of the Online Discussions in Decidim Barcelona. Social Informatics, 277–287. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67256-4_22

    Abstract. With the irruption of ICTs and the crisis of political representation, many online platforms have been developed with the aim of improving participatory democratic processes. However, regarding platforms for online petitioning, previous research has not found examples of how to effectively introduce discussions, a crucial feature to promote deliberation. In this study we focus on the case of Decidim Barcelona, the online participatory-democracy platform launched by the City Council of Barcelona in which proposals can be discussed with an interface that combines threaded discussions and comment alignment with the proposal. This innovative approach allows to examine whether neutral, positive or negative comments are more likely to generate discussion cascades. The results reveal that, with this interface, comments marked as negatively aligned with the proposal were more likely to engage users in online discussions and, therefore, helped to promote deliberative decision making.

  • Barandiaran, X. E., Calleja-López, A., & Monterde, A. (n.d.). Decidim: political and technopolitical networks for participatory democracy. White Paper. Retrieved March 16, 2019, from https://docs.decidim.org/whitepaper/en/doc-info/

    Abstract. Decidim [http://decidim.org], from the Catalan for “let’s decide” or “we decide”, is a digital infrastructure for participatory democracy, built entirely and collaboratively as free software. More specifically, Decidim is a web environment (a framework) produced in Ruby on Rails (a programming language) that allows anybody to create and configure a website platform, to be used in the form of a political network for democratic participation. The platform allows any organization (local city council, association, university, NGO, neighbourhood or cooperative) to create mass processes for strategic planning, participatory budgeting, collaborative design for regulations, urban spaces and election processes. It also makes possible to connect traditional in-person democratic meetings (assemblies, council meetings, etc.) with the digital world: sending meeting invites, managing registrations, streaming content, facilitating the publication of meeting minutes, etc. In addition, Decidim enables the structuring of government bodies or assemblies (councils, boards, working groups), the convening of consultations, referendums or channelling citizen or member initiatives to trigger different decision making processes. However, the Decidim project is much more than its technological features. Decidim is in itself a sort of crossroad of the various dimensions of networked democracy and society, a detailed practical map of their complexities and conflicts. We distinguish three general planes or dimensions of the project: the political (focused on the democratic model that Decidim promotes and its impact on public policies and organizations), the technopolitical (focused on how the platform is designed, the mechanisms it embodies, and the way in which it is democratically designed), and the technical (focused on the conditions of production, operation and success of the project: the factory, collaborative mechanisms, licenses, etc.).

  • Borge, R., Balcells, J., Padró-Solanet, A., Batlle, A., Orte, A., & Serra, R. (n.d.). La participación política a través de la plataforma Decidim: análisis de 11 municipios catalanes.

Technical documents

  • Barandiaran, X. E., Pereira, A., Monterde, A., & Calleja-López, A. (2016). Plan de desarrollo Decidim Barcelona. Ajuntament de Barcelona City Council. https://decidim-barcelona.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/decidim/attachment/file/54/Plan_desarrollo_decidim.pdf

    Abstract. Este documento detalla el futuro desarrollo de la plataforma digital de participación de l´Ajuntament de Barcelona, decidim.barcelona (disponible en URL https://decidim.barcelona). Los principales objetivos de la plataforma son articular, estandarizar, visualizar y comunicar todos los procesos de participación del Ajuntament de Barcelona y de la ciudad ofreciendo un servicio de infraestructura digital para la democracia directa y participativa a todas las escalas territoriales y asociativas de Barcelona. El documento detalla los objetivos de la plataforma, el flujo de desarrollo, las funcionalidades previstas, y un código ético-político.

  • Almela, M., Monterde, A., Linares, J., & Calleja-López, A. (2018). Administració del Decidim Barcelona (p. 82). Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. https://decidim.org/pdf/admin-manual-ca.pdf

    Abstract. Aquest document és el manual d’administració de Decidim, la plataforma digital de participació ciutadana per a ciutats i organitzacions. En aquest document es proporcionen els pasos per tal de configurar la plataforma Decidim per a un municipi i administrar els seus processos participatius.

Media publications (by Decidim contributors)

  • Barandiaran, X. E., & iaran. (2018, April 24). What is Decidim? https://xabier.barandiaran.net/2018/04/24/what-is-decidim/

    Abstract. Many people ask what is this project called “Decidim” to which I have devoted my last two year of work with complete dedication. I wanted to share a brief summary here. This text is the…

  • Barandiaran, X. E., Monterde, A., & Pin, G. (2016). Decidim.barcelona: autonomía, participación y software libre - Software libre. In Xarxaip (Ed.), Programari lliure i de codi obert-Societat lliure i govern obert. (pp. 31–32). http://softwarelibre.xarxaip.cat/18.html

Media publications (quoting Decidim)

  • Wie Barcelona eine offene “Smart City” im Dienste des Gemeinwohls plant. (2018, September 9). https://netzpolitik.org/2018/freie-software-als-oeffentliches-gut-und-was-rathaeuser-dafuer-tun-koennen/

    Abstract. Im Interview spricht Francesca Bria, Barcelonas Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, über “Digitale Soziale Innovation” und passende Strategien um die lokale Wirtschaft, Privatsphäre und die demokratische Teilhabe der Bürger*innen auch in einer “Smart City” langfristig zu sichern und zu

  • Perché Barcelona Smart City è un modello per il mondo. Intervista a Francesca Bria. (2018, August 13). http://www.designatlarge.it/barcelona-smart-city-francesca-bria/

    Abstract. La sovranità tecnologica ai cittadini. Ecco come Barcelona Smart City è diventata un modello per il mondo. Intervista alla CTO Francesca Bria

  • Bravo, E. (2016, July 20). Cómo mejorar Barcelona con la participación de sus ciudadanos [Magazzine]. http://www.yorokobu.es/barcelona-participacion/

    Abstract. El cricket es un deporte muy curioso. Los partidos pueden durar días y, entre sus reglas, está la de parar el juego para tomar el té. Una de las potencias en este deporte es Paquistán, país del que procede parte de la población inmigrante de Barcelona. Muchos de los miembros de esa comunidad llevan años […]

  • Stark, K. (2017, May 9). Barcelona’s Decidim Offers Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects. https://www.shareable.net/blog/barcelonas-decidim-offers-open-source-platform-for-participatory-democracy-projects

    Abstract. The word Decidim translated from Catalan means we decide, and it’s the name of Barcelona’s digital infrastructure for participatory democracy. One part functional database and one part political statement, organizers say Decidim is key to a broad digital transformation that is taking place in Barcelona — its institutions, markets, and economy.

Video talks

  • Participa Pamplona. (2017a, July 18). Decidim Barcelona (Xabier Barandiaran). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQYvdwGsg8M

    Abstract. 1a Jornada de tecnología y democracia (24/05/2017). Infraestructuras digitales para la democracia. Decidim Barcelona Xabier Barandiaran. Coordinador del proyecto Decidim, asesor de la Regiduría de Participación del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. Teknologia eta demokraziari buruzko 1. jardunaldia (24/05/2017). Demokrazia partizipatiborako azpiegitura digitalak Decidim Barcelona Xabier Barandiaran. Decidim proiektuaren koordinatzailea eta Bartzelonako Udaleko Partaidetza zinegotziaren aholkularia

  • Participa Pamplona. (2017b, July 18). Hacia una democracia participativa inteligente y democrática (Asier Gallastegui y Asier Amezaga). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4FTUt8wnRs

    Abstract. 1a Jornada de tecnología y democracia (24/05/2017). Infraestructuras digitales para la democracia. Decidim Barcelona Xabier Barandiaran. Coordinador del proyecto Decidim, asesor de la Regiduría de Participación del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. Teknologia eta demokraziari buruzko 1. jardunaldia (24/05/2017). Demokrazia partizipatiborako azpiegitura digitalak Decidim Barcelona Xabier Barandiaran. Decidim proiektuaren koordinatzailea eta Bartzelonako Udaleko Partaidetza zinegotziaren aholkularia

  • Participa Pamplona. (2017c, July 18). Metadecidim. Diseño participativo de la plataforma Decidim Barcelona (Andrés Pereira de Lucena). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I31yY4ip3rk

    Abstract. 1a Jornada de tecnología y democracia (24/05/2017). Infraestructuras digitales para la democracia. Andrés Pereira de Lucena. Presidente de la asociación aLabs, coordinador técnico y arquitecto técnico de Decidim. Teknologia eta demokraziari buruzko 1. jardunaldia (24/05/2017). Demokrazia partizipatiborako azpiegitura digitalak Andrés Pereira de Lucena. aLabs elkarteko lehendakaria eta Dicidimen koordinatzaile teknikoa eta arkitekto teknikoa.