URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

HOW INNOVATION AGENCIES WORK: International lessons to inspire and inform national strategies

Nesta report how innovation agencies workIn this interesting and well documented report, authored by Alex Glennie and Kirsten Bound, published by NESTA on May 2016, a number of international lessons to inspire and inform national strategies on how innovation agencies work are being presented. According to Dan Breznitz, the report pursues three ambitions. Continue reading…

Data-Driven City Management: A Close Look at Amsterdam’s Smart City Initiative

mit sloan reviewThe following case study by M. Fitzgerald, published on MIT Sloan Management Review, on May 2016, presents an inside analysis into Amsterdam’s Smart City Initiative. This case study is part of a series of MIT SMR-produced stories exploring the analytically-driven organization. The story is based, in part, on interviews with public- and private-sector executives. Both the featured company and the case study sponsor reviewed this case study prior to publication. Continue reading…

UK Smart Cities Index

UK_Smart_City_indexA new study by Navigant Research evaluates the UK smart city market, with a focus on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The Strategy dimension assesses each city’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to its smart city program. The Execution dimension assesses the city’s actual achievements from initial projects to full-blown deployment of innovative technologies and services. Continue reading…

European Digital Progress Report, 2016

EUEuropean Commission just released the 2016 European Digital Progress Report, in which an unequal progress towards the Digital Single Market is observed. More specifically, Member States seem to be at very different stages of development regarding the digital economy. Continue reading…

EU research under H2020: Visualisation of funded projects

Η2020 visualizationsCORDIS published a dataset containing projects funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation (H2020) from 2014 to 2020. Based upon the published dataset the following visualisations have been made possible using Google Spreadsheets. Continue reading…

Smart Cities and Infrastructure issues paper by UNCTAD

unctad logo Smart Cities reportDuring the 18th annual session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), Smart Cities and Infrastructure, was selected as one of the priority themes for the 2015-16 period. The objective of this paper, prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat, is to illustrate the key role of STI, including ICT, in the development of a smart city and its infrastructure. Continue reading…

Report: Innovation Analytics

Analytics2Innovation Analytics: A guide to new data and measurement in innovation policy is a report published by Nesta, focusing on novel ways to make use of official data. This will gradually help to explore and better understand various sectors regarding innovation policy, while at the same time overcome challenges arising from the use of that kind of data. Continue reading…

Special Issue: Smart Cities and Cloud Computing

JSCThe Journal of Smart Cities published the special issue “Smart Cities and Cloud Computing”. Guest editors are: Christina Kakderi, Nicos Komninos, and P. Tsarchopoulos, researchers at URENIO Research. The Special Issue “Smart Cities and Cloud Computing” of the Journal of Smart Cities focuses on smart city solutions that are deployed over various types of cloud environment and discuss challenges and solutions related to the use of cloud computing, and mainly the migration of smart city services to the Cloud.
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European Data Portal: Open Data in Cities

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This report is published by the European Data Portal, in order to investigate and present the benefits arising from the use of Open Data in the case of local governments and their citizens. This report assesses eight cities in terms of Open Data initiatives: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.
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The Global Information Technology Report 2015

wef1The Global Information Technology Report is prepared and published by the World Economic Forum. In the 2015 edition of this report, special focus is being given on the ways in which ICTs can work as promoters of Inclusive Growth. As it is highlighted in this report, a number of challenges arise by the ICT evolution, apart from all possible benefits that will probably emerge. Continue reading…