In this PhD dissertation we have researched the possibilities how to use Web 2.0 tools in public participation in the spatial-planning procedures. In the dissertation we are defending the thesis that it is possible to include public in spatial-planning more actively, create better response, better coverage, to get an effective public participation in spatial-planning, and to harvest the knowledge and learning of public about the local community they live in, by using electronic tools.
The importance of public participation from the sociological point of view and especially in the proceedings of spatial-planning was researched in the dissertation through the history of public participation, from theoretical grounds, taking into account the legislation which gives public the right to monitor and participate in the proceedings of spatial-planning. Explored were the effects of classic methods of public participation and corresponding tools from Web 2.0 recognized.
In the last part of the dissertation a system for public participation in spatial-planning was developed based on theoretical findings. A working prototype was made based on that system. The system scheme, key requirements of the system and actual Web 2.0 tools enabling public participation are explained. The prototype is devised as a generative web platform. Users of the platform can generate their own arrays of Web 2.0 tools adapted to specific projects. The concept of the system was tested with the prototype of the generative web platform. The analysis has shown the system has many possibilities of further development and expansion which confirms the starting hypothesis.