URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

Trusted Cloud Europe

New Picture (92)The European Cloud Partnership (ECP) has recently published a document outlining a set of ideas on how Europe can help public and private organisations use, buy and sell cloud services in a safe and trusted environment. ‘Establishing a Trusted Cloud Europe’ report is a policy vision document developed within the framework of the European Cloud Computing Strategy which aims at establishing a framework to support the definition of common cloud based practices, linking them to use cases and applying them in practice. Continue reading…

Digital Canberra

New Picture (98)The city of Canberra has announced its action plan for becoming a leading digital city. The Action Plan, which will be implemented using a staged approach over four years (2014-2018), sets out initiatives for Canberra to accelerate the development of a high growth digital economy. This will assist Government to better engage with citizens, be more open and transparent and deliver services more efficiently to meet the needs of the community. Continue reading…

IEEE Smart Cities Initiative

smartcities_bannerIEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative aiming to assist local government leaders in planning smart cities for growing urban populations. Continue reading…

Mapping the European ICT Poles of Excellence: The Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe

eipeEuropean ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) are geographical agglomerations of best performing Information and Communication Technologies production, R&D and innovation activities, located in the European Union, that exert a central role in global international networks. The EIPE Atlas presents the results of the empirical mapping of ICT activity in Europe and the ranking of the top European NUTS 3 regions based on their performance in EIPE Composite Indicator (EIPE CI), together with the ranks for the individual 42 indicators which contributed to the building of the EIPE composite indicators. Continue reading…

The Open Government Guide

Open-Government-Guide-Cabinet-Office-300x189People all around the world are demanding more openness in government. They are seeking ways for citizens to be able to participate in the decisions that effect them, and for governments to be more transparent, responsive, accountable, and effective. The Open Government Guide highlights practical, measurable, specific and actionable steps that governments can, and are taking across a range of cross-cutting and focused areas. Continue reading…

Smart cities, technology with people in mind

portada_num91In its latest issue, Barcelona Metròpolis magazine, looks at the smart policies that are being deployed in the city, from apps to the fields of health, transport and culture. The implementation of these new technologies affects the en­vironment, infrastructure, buildings, public spaces and information flow. Responsible technology and management – both public and private – must be part of the virtuous circle that will enable us to reach new heights of progress. Continue reading…

Video: Smart Cities: Becoming a Gimmick?

smart-cities-matThis 10 minutes video directed and produced by Gynna Millan, Illiany Hamdan and Roderick Selfridge, from the Media and Arts Technology Ph.D. programme, Queen Mary University of London, provides a quick overview of the ‘Smart Cities’ concept. Continue reading…

Video: The Economic Impact of Open Data

center-for-data-innovationThe Center for Data Innovation orginized a panel discussion highlighting new findings about where demand for open data is strongest and how government agencies can help promote continued data-driven growth in these sectors. At the event, the GovLab at New York University officially released the Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study of U.S. companies that use open government data as a key business resource. Continue reading…

Videos: Open Gov Stories

tag-cloudOpen Gov Stories captures the oral history of open government innovations around the world. Open Gov Stories records the faces and voices of innovators from government, civil society, the tech industry, the arts and academia talking about their work and how it impacts real people’s lives. Continue reading…

Smart Cities Financing Guide

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The Smart Cities Council has released a first of its kind tool, which helps cities understand their financing options for technology project. The Smart Cities Financing Guide, developed in partnership with Arizona State University Center for Urban Innovation, outlines 28 of the most promising financial tools for urban infrastructure enhancements. Continue reading…